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Jazzman Records' Next Instalment In Spiritual Jazz Series Focuses On Islamic Jazz

Jazzman Records' Next Instalment In Spiritual Jazz Series Focuses On Islamic Jazz

The next instalment in Jazzman Records' deep and comprehensive Spiritual Jazz compilation series is set to feature jazz inspired by the Islamic faith during the era of 1957 - 1988.

Following the story of Islamic influence on notable public figures Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali who were strong proponents of African American liberation politics during the civil rights era. Which lead to many musicians converting to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam, which included several legendary jazz pioneers Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef (who is featured on this compilation). Subsequently the music that was recorded drew heavily from Middle Eastern music, invoking the spiritual and esoteric sounds of Islamic Africa.

The compilation features feature tracks that have never been reissued before and is pressed on double vinyl.

Check out Yusef Lateef's 'Morning' off the compilation and full tracklist below.

Tracklist:
01. Maurice McIntyre - "Humility In The Light Of Creator"
02. Ritual Trio - "Africanos/Latinos"
03. Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim - "Kalahari Suite"
04. Creative Arts Ensemble - "Uhuru"
05. East New York Ensemble De Music - "Mevlana"
06. Idrees Sulieman - "The Camel"
07. Yusef Lateef - "Morning"
08. Sabu & Sahib Shihab - "Nus"
09. Abdelrahman 'Abdo' Elkhatib/Solar Plexus - "Ah Ya Zen"
10. The Lightmen - "All Praises To Allah" (parts 1 & 2)
11. Ahmed Abdul-Malik - "Nadusilma"
12. Dawan Muhammad - "Taumbu"

Rare Alice Coltrane Recordings To Be Released On New Compilation

Rare Alice Coltrane Recordings To Be Released On New Compilation

In its first instalment to a planned series of spiritual music from around the globe, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label will be releasing rare largely unheard recordings of Alice Coltrane. Titled World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, the recordings were previously only available to her community on her 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram just outside of Los Angeles.

Aided by Alice's children who retrieved the original master tapes from the Coltrane archives. The recordings were remastered by renowned jazz engineer Baker Bigsby (Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, John Coltrane), who was present at the original sessions in the 80s and 90s. The compilation showcases Alice’s first vocal work to solo performances on her harp, small ensembles, and a 24-piece vocal choir. Drawing inspiration from Indian and Nepalese Vedic devotional songs, while never forgetting her bebop, blues and old-time spiritual roots, she creates a moving fusion of Western sensibilities and Eastern classicism.

The album features two additional tracks on vinyl and will be available on 5th May.

Check out her track 'Om Shanti' off the compilation and full tracklist below.

Tracklist:
01. Om Rama
02. Om Shanti
03. Rama Rama
04. Rama Guru
05. Hari Narayan
06. Journey to Satchidananda
07. Er Ra
08. Keshnava Murahara
09. Krisha Japaye*
10. Rama Katha*
* Available only on vinyl release