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Compass Rises

Frederiksberg Records ‎

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$80.00 SGD
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When artsts self-releases their own recordings, they do so in the hopes that a hit might develop, or even better, a sphere of influence might form. In a lot of cases these records provide a stamp of existence and intent – a sonic business card showing what musicians were made of. Compass Rises (1973), the privately pressed sole LP by Oneonta, New York’s Compass, is both a sampling of versatility and a declaration of straight-ahead purpose.

Every song on Compass Rises, with the excep(on of the opener, is written and arranged by Lawn. The album is a nod to the post-Coltrane lineage of 1970’s jazz – even at its most spry there’s an undertow of workmanlike toughness, perhaps a reflection of the industrial-collegiate hybrid towns in New York where Compass plied their trade.

With its stark, somewhat gothic cover art and toothy, inspired playing and composing, Compass Rises deserves the critical examination that it likely didn’t have upon release. - on Bandcamp

Label: Frederiksberg Records – FRB012
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
Country: US
Genre: Jazz
Style: Modal, Soul-Jazz