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BGP Records

Various ‎– If You're Not Part Of The Solution... (Soul, Politics And Spirituality In Jazz 1967 To 1975)

$39.00

BGP Records

Various ‎– If You're Not Part Of The Solution... (Soul, Politics And Spirituality In Jazz 1967 To 1975)

$39.00

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This phenomenal soul-jazz compilation from the mid sixties-seventies will appeal to fans of Kamasi Washington or Sons of Kemet who are looking to go back deeper.

The collection draws upon the melting pot of ideas that can be picked up in veteran hammond player johnny smith’s call for ‘black feelings’, or the cosmic wanderings of the obscure philadelphia group catalyst. Funk in all its forms can be found; be it the relentless bass rhythm of the title track, or the miles davis-influenced shifting groove of johnny lytle’s ‘tawhid’.

"The spiritual aspect of the compilation is fulfilled by cuts including Clifford Jordan’s tribute to the late, great “John Coltrane” (written by Spike Lee’s father Bill Lee), Johnny Lytle’s “Tawhid,” Gary Bartz Ntu Troop’s “Africans Unite,” and Catalyst’s “Celestial Bodies.”  The four-piece Philadelphia jazz group was joined for this spacey 1973 session by no less a guitar eminence than Norman Harris of MFSB and later The Salsoul Orchestra.

The looming specter of the Vietnam War is addressed on the set’s closing pair of tracks.  Saxophonist Azar Lawrence’s “Warriors of Peace” forcefully offered a rhythmic, percussive soundscape.  The Indianapolis group Funk, Inc. delivered on its name with “Let’s Make Peace, Stop the War,” capturing a laid-back, reflective groove seemingly inspired by Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”  Organist Bobby Watley sings the pleading lead vocals on the track." - The Second Disc


Label: BGP Records ‎– BGP2 308

Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation 

Country: UK

Released: 26 Apr 2019

Genre: Jazz