- AFRO-CENTRIC IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER UNDERGROUND JAZZ
Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots Of Rap 1968-79
Soul Jazz Records' new release 'Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions
in the Age of Black Power' is released in conjunction with a major
worldwide art exhibition, Soul of A Nation: Art in the The Age of Black
Power which takes place at the Tate Modern, London, UK (July-Oct 2017)
and The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA.
The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power
and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical
African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely
political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the
assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the
Black Panther party.
Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don
Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil
Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led
to the rise of 'conscious' black music as new afro-centric styles
combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and
radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of
James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of
The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art
forms - art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil
rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement
across the United States.
Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther
King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear
in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman
Lewis, Lorraine O'Grady and Betye Saar.
A selection of original radical jazz record sleeves artworks which
appear in Soul Jazz Records' earlier groundbreaking Freedom, Rhythm and
Sound - Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art book will also be on show
at the Tate, London throughout the exhibition. The Freedom, Rhythm and
Sound book is also newly back-in-print in conjunction with this major
exhibition and the release of the Soul of a Nation album.
Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear on the panel of
Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at
the gallery as part of the show.
Soul of a Nation comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive
photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double
gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus
download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.
1: Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
2: Mandingo Griot Society With Don Cherry - Sounds From The Bush
3: Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Red, Black And Green
4: Philip Cohran And The Artistic Heritage Ensemble - Malcolm X
5: Sarah Webster Fabio - Sweet Songs
6: Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe
7: Horace Tapscott With The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - Desert Fairy Princess
8: David Mcknight - Strong Men 9: Joe Henderson - Black Narcissus
10: Oneness Of Juju - African Rhythms
11: Doug Carn - Suratal Ihklas
12: Duke Edwards And The Young Ones - Is It Too Late 13: Carlos Garnett - Mother Of The Future