Various ‎– Soul Jazz Love Strata-East

Soul Jazz Records ‎– SJR LP 19
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 Gil Scott-Heron Peace Go With You Brother
Electric Piano, Vocals – Brian Jackson, Gil Scott-Heron
A2 Larry Ridley Well You Needn't
Bass – Larry RidleyCongas, Percussion – Errol 'Crusher' Bennett*Drums – Grady TateElectric Piano, Clavinet – Onaje Akkab Gumbs*Guitar – Cornell DupreeSaxophone [Alto] – Sonny Fortune
A3 Pharoah Sanders Prince Of Peace
Bass – Cecil McBee, Sirone Norris Jones*Drums – Billy Hart, Majeeb Shabazz*Drums [African] – Chief BeyGuitar – Sonny SharrockPercussion – Nat Bettis, Tony WyliePiano – Lonnie Liston SmithSaxophone [Alto] – Sonny FortuneSaxophone, Percussion – Pharoah SandersTuba – Howard Johnson (3)Vocals, Percussion – Leon Thomas
B1 Larry Ridley Changa Chikuyo
Bass – Larry RidleyCongas, Percussion – Errol 'Crusher' Bennett*Drums – Grady TateElectric Piano – Onaje Allan GumbsGuitar – Cornell DupreeSaxophone [Alto] – Sonny Fortune
B2 Clifford Jordan John Coltrane
Bass, Vocals – Bill Lee (2)Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Billy HigginsEngineer – John BattiloroPiano – Stanley CowellSaxophone [Tenor], Vocals – Clifford Jordan
B3 Charles Rouse* Hopscotch
Bass – Stanley ClarkeCello – Calo ScottDrums – David Lee (2)Guitar – Paul Mitzki*Percussion – Airto MoreiraSaxophone [Tenor] – Charles Rouse*
C1 Gil Scott-Heron The Bottle
Bass – Danny BowensDrums – Bob AdamsElectric Piano, Vocals – Brian Jackson, Gil Scott-Heron
C2 Stanley Cowell Travelling Man
Electric Piano, Kalimba – Stanley CowellEngineer – John Battiloro
C3 Shamek Farrah First Impressions
Bass – Milton SuggsCongas – Calvert "Bo" Satter-WhiteDrums – Ron WarwellPercussion – Kenny HarperPiano – Sonelius SmithSaxophone [Alto] – Shamek FarrahTrumpet – Norman Person
D1 Billy Parker's Fourth World Dance Of The Little Children
Bass – Cecil McBeeDrums – Billy Parker (2)Piano, Vocals – Donald SmithSaxophone [Tenor] – Ronald Bridgewater*Trumpet – Cecil Bridgewater
D2 Clifford Jordan Eddie Harris
Bass – Bill Lee (2)Drums, Percussion – Billy HigginsEngineer – John BattiloroPiano – Stanley CowellSaxophone [Tenor] – Clifford Jordan
D3 The Heath Brothers Smiling Billy Suite Pt.II
Bass – Percy HeathDrums – Albert HeathFlute, Saxophone [Tenor] – Jimmy HeathPiano – Stanley Cowell


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Tracks A1, C1 originally released on Winter In America (SES19742, rec 1973)
Tracks A2, B1 originally released on Sum Of The Parts (SES19759, rec 1975)
Track A3 originally released on Izipho Zam (My Gifts) "Dolphy Series #2" (SES1973, rec 1969)
Tracks B2, D2 originally released on Glass Bead Games "Dolphy Series #5" (SES19737/19738, rec Monday, Oct 29, 1973)
Track B3 originally released on Two Is One (SES19746, rec 74)
Track C2 originally released on Musa Ancestral Streams (SES19743, rec 1973)
Track C3 originally released on First Impressions (SES7412, rec 74)
Track D1 originally released on Freedom Of Speech (SES1975/4, rec 74)
Track D3 originally released on Marchin' On! (SES19765, rec 75)

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June 15, 2007
edited over 7 years ago

This compilation is an excellent introduction to the wonders of the mighty Strata-East label. Unlike the second compilation of the label, Strata-2-East, put out buy Soul Jazz Records sub-label Universal Sound, this album is a great starting point into the Strata-East catalogue as the selection, overall, is more user friendly than the second compilation. A couple of choices of note are Shamek Farrah’s haunting masterpiece “First Impressions” which for me has to have some of the most hypnotic bass work on record, and Charles Rouse’s killer break-beat funk jam “Hopscotch” which definitely dives into the darker depths of what can normally be considered the quite safe waters of the funk-jazz genre. A lot of the albums that source this compilation have since been reissued, like; Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s Winter In America, Pharoah Sanders’s Izipho Zam, Clifford Jordan’s Glass Bead Games, Larry Ridley’s Sum Of The Parts, The Heath Brothers’ Marchin' On!, Stanley Cowell's Musa Ancestral Streams, plus First Impressions and Two Is One from the two earlier mentioned artists. At the time of writing, June ’07, the only reissue resistant record used to compile this album is Billy Parker’s Fourth World’s Freedom of Speech.