One would hope by now, that everyone reading this will know about JAZZ RE:FEST and that this year’s event is happening at the Royal Festival Hall (The Clore Ballroom), Southbank on Sunday September 20th 2015. But for those of you who don’t know, here’s the rundown.

When they did the first JAZZ RE:FEST the Jazz Re: Freshed crew quickly realised that this was the beginning of something BIG and 2015 sees JAZZ RE:FEST take another step forward with a change of venue – the world renowned Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall. Once they secured the venue, they made the massive decision make this year’s event free entry… YES, FREE ENTRY! 

They also wanted to make JAZZ RE:FEST family friendly and accessible to all age-groups, so they’ve switched from a night-time event to a daytime format – although, there will be an after-party for those of you that want to continue the party into the night, hosted at Bar Topolski’s literally 30 seconds from RFH.

Even though this year’s JAZZ RE:FEST is free to enter, it goes without saying that they haven’t on the quality of the line-up. This year, as with every year and with every event that they put their name to, Jazz Re: Freshed have put together a sterling collection of artists, musicians and deejays.


Ty & Ezra Collective / Richard Spaven / Soweto Kinch / Carmen Souza & Theo Pascal / Yussef Kamaal (Yussef Dayes & Henry Wu) / Peter Edwards Trio / Nerija / Myriad Forest


Mikey Futuristic / E Double D / Man vs Wife / Eric Lau /Patrick Forge / Sarah Love / Hosted by Motet

PLUS, as always Jazz Re: Freshed have music, art and fashion for sale courtesy of UNITED 80.

Here’s the key info… JAZZ RE:FEST – Sunday 20th September 2015,  The Clore Ballroom – Royal Festival Hall London SE1 1  –  2PM – 7PM   FREE ENTRY


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BRAND NEW! INTO FOREVER with Matt Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra

INTO FOREVER is Matt Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra’s second album and it’s been rotation on my CD player since it dropped through the door. 

Mathew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra

Mathew Halsall & some of the The Gondwana Orchestra

There’s  a real confidence about this latest record. ‘Into Forever’ continues Matt Halsall’s “spiritual jazz” trajectory and extends his already radical Gondwana Orchestra to embrace some lush string arrangements while maintaining a surprisingly strong song-based feel.

The rhythm section of bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Luke Flowers underpin these thoughtful compositions with gently rolling grooves while Rachel Gladwin delivers rippling waves of sound via her harp that are fluidly matched by Taz Modi’s piano. Keiko Kitamura is present on koto and it’s a joy to hear Lisa Mallet’s flute take flight on a spacey drum’n’bass-ish ‘The land Of’ and on the evocative composition dedicated to Taiwan’s ‘Longshan Temple’ and, in turn, the bodhisattva of mercy, Guanyin.

As the ensemble leader he focusses on the arrangements, creating space for all involved and allowing the music to breathe. It almost a surprise when Matt’s horn actually makes an appearance. on the title track of ‘Into Forever’ He shares shares writing credits on the vocal cuts with vocalist Josephine Oniyama who delivers her compositions with soulful panache. On the penultimate track of ‘Dean Park’ Matt’s horn line echoes a spaced out ‘Take 5’ meets Don Cherry while final track , ‘Jamais Vu’, introduces Bryony Jarman-Pinto who adds a different vocal dimension and explores the phenomenon of experiencing a situation that one recognizes in some fashion, but that nonetheless seems very unfamiliar.

gond lp‘Into Forever’ – Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra is on Gondwana Records and is out on 2nd October. Pre-order today! 



Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra’s perform at Union Chapel in London on Thursday 29th October.

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Always loved this photo of Rico Rodriguez and his daughters by my bredren Jean Bernard Sohiez.

Veteran of the legendary Alpha Boys School band
and further educated in the camp of Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari in Wareika Hills in East Kingston, Rico Rodriguez brought the distinctive and often melancholy sound of the ska trombone, as defined by the legendary Don Drummond, to these shores in 1961. He worked nights in the Ford car plant in Dagenham, did a portion of painting and decorating but had a long standing working relationship with hands-on, Island record boss, Chris Blackwell. Though well known on the underground UK reggae scene, it was Rico’s seminal mid-Seventies ‘Man From Wareika’ LP and it’s dub version, recorded for Blackwell, that remains for me the creative peak of his long career. Rico’s trombone was further immortalised on the Specials’ magnificent ‘Ghost Town’ single and it was always brilliant to see him in the ranks of Jools Holland’s Big Band or Gary Crosby’s Jazz Jamaica. One of my best friends named her son after him. Rico passed away aged 80 and as I pack a box of tunes for the FREEDOM! session this evening I’ll make sure the Man From Wareika is in the mix.

In the mix:

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BLACK PANTHER PARTY: Vanguard Of The Revolution

Black Panther Party: Vanguard Of The Revolution hit the big screen at Hackney’s Rio Cinema during the East London Film Festival and was joy to behold. It is now poised for nationwide release. In the shadow of on-going institutionalised police brutality and the Black Lives Matter campaigns across America the legacy of the Panthers remains both inspirational and deeply relevant.

Co founders of the Black Panther Party - national chairman Bobby Seale, left, wearing a Colt .45, and Huey Newton, right, defense minister with a bandoleer and shotgun are shown in Oakland, Calif. - Photograohy: AP Photo/San Francisco Examiner

Co founders of the Black Panther Party – national chairman Bobby Seale, left, wearing a Colt .45, and Huey Newton, right, defense minister with a bandoleer and shotgun are shown in Oakland, Calif. – Photograohy: AP Photo/San Francisco Examiner

Back in 1969 I picked a copy of Bobby Seale’s book Seize The Time. The cover had a clenched fist inside a black leather glove, a sartorial style that the Twisted Wheel generation of soul devotees had adopted post Tommy Smith and John Carlos’ Black Power salutes at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Bobby Seale and Huey Newton had founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defence in Oakland California in October of 1966 in response to ongoing police violence against the black community and Seize The Time told the story of the impact that their stand off with the US power structure had. I wanted to know more and upon moving to Cheltenham I discovered a small shop at the back of Cavendish House (the town’s equivalent of Harrods) run by an African who sold the cane chairs like the one Huey Newton was photographed in brandishing a spear and rifle. He also sold literature by Eldridge Cleaver (Soul On Ice), Angela Davis (If The Come In The Morning) and Franz Fanon (Wretched Of The Earth). My education continued.

Black Panther breakfast programme

Black Panther breakfast programme

As now, the world was in a turbulent state at the end of the Sixties. The Peace & Love generation of American youth were confronted with the draft to fight in Vietnam. The dream of Civil Rights ended in Memphis in 1968 with the assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King and the baton was passed a new generation who that responded to America’s endemic violence against its black citizens with a call for revolution. The vanguard of that movement became the Black Panther Party.

Previous efforts to document the story of Black Panther Party have all too often been concocted from scattered repackaged parts, often depicting tragic, mythic accounts of violence and criminal activity. That’s not the case with documentarian Stanley Nelson. The man goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.

Black Panther: Wmen Activists

Black Panther: Women Activists

BP lifetime_revolution_l Black Panther Party: Vanguard Of The Revolution is not intended to be definitive but what we do get is an essential history. The bold arrival of the heavily armed Panthers at the California senate and the response then governor Ronald Reagan is classic. We get to witness Bobby Seale standing for mayor of Oakland and the impact of the breakfast programmes in the ghetto. They were masters of getting their own publicity and the Panther newspaper with the explosive graphics of Emory Douglas made a huge impact. The FBI had already initiated a covert action program – Cointelpro – against Martin Luther King Jnr, Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael and in 1969 Hoover moved against the Panthers. While toll of arrests and deaths rose it was left to women activists like Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins and Elaine Brown to lead the struggle and provide inspiration for a whole generation of women to get involved..

The assassination of Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party is thoroughly documented in the film. It was clear that the charismatic Hampton, a born leader who had cut his organisational teeth with the NAACP, was perceived as major threat by the FBI. Word is that Hampton was on the verge of a merger between The Panthers and a 1000+ strong gang on the Southside of the Chicago. He was murdered while sleeping in his apartment during a joint police/FBI raid.

Fred-Hampton at Dirksen-Federal Building-

Fred-Hampton at Dirksen-Federal Building-

Through J Edgar Hoover and the FBI, the weight of the American “justice” system was directed against the Panthers. It was a protracted war aimed at destroying their infrastructure with arrests and killings that eventually succeeded. Though Huey Newton was eventually freed from prison after a long campaign it appeared from the film that the brothers who surrounded him on his release were not from the daily struggle but associates from his jail time. In Eighties Newton studied at the University of California where earned a PHD for ‘War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America’ – it was eventually published by Harlem River Press. He reputedly succumbed to cocaine addition and died in a confrontation with a local drug dealer and member of the Black Guerilla Front in 1989. Eldridge Cleaver, proved himself an politically corrupt opportunist but Bobby Seale, Emory Douglas, Ericka Huggins and Elaine Brown, among others, carried on their work in the community. They left a lifeline of activism to those today who choose to campaign for change and to resist police forces across America, that equip themselves with the second hand armaments from failed US wars in Afganistan and the Middle East.

Black Panther DVD - Sept 2015

Black Panther DVD – Sept 2015

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, is a vibrant, human, living and breathing chronicle of a pivotal movement in global history. If you get the chance to see on a big screen, don’t sleep on it.

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RUBBLE KINGS: NYC’s gang wars

RUBBLE KINGS is an illuminating and poignant the documentary by Shan Nicholson that boldly documents NYC’s gang wars and the truce that led to the birth of b-boying and hip hop.

rubble posterjpgYesterday afternoon, we slipped into the Curzon Soho to checkout a showing of Rubble Kings – a documentary that revealed the real story behind one of my all time fave films ‘Warriors’. From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City and the focus of Shan Nicholson’s documentary is the Bronx – “home to 101 gangs… take your pick.”

When images of the Bronx surface here in the early Seventies it was shocking. With its burnt out shells of buildings it looked like bombed-out Beirut had been transported to New York City. The Bronx was once a thriving community and Rubble Kings points an accusing finger at Robert Moses’ urban renewal project for New York City and the Cross Bronx Expressway, completed in 1963, as the decisive factor in the physical demise of the borough.

South Bronx 70s

Charlotte Street, South Bronx 1970s

Cutting through the heart of the South Bronx, the highway displaced thousands of residents from their homes and the Bronx’s poor, working-class neighborhoods were hit by the decreasing property value leaving ruthless landlords to torch their buildings for the insurance. Urban decay combined with racially charged tension and a flood of heroin led to middle class and white flight from the Bronx leaving its street corners and rooftops to the gangs. As one former member recalls, “It wasn’t like you had a choice. You were either part of it, or you were a victim.”

July 1972, The Bronx, New York City, New York State, USA --- Members of the New York street gang Savage Skulls. The trademark of the, primarily Puerto Rican, gang was a sleeveless denim jacket with a skull and crossbones design on the back. Based around Fox Street, in the popular South Bronx neighbourhood, the gang declared war on the drug dealers that operated in the area. Running battles were frequent with rival gangs Seven Immortals, and Savage Nomads. Image by © JP Laffont/Sygma/Corbis

July 1972, The Bronx, New York City, New York State, USA. Members of the Savage Skulls. The trademark of the, primarily Puerto Rican, gang was a sleeveless denim jacket with a skull and crossbones design on the back. Based around Fox Street, in the popular South Bronx neighbourhood, the gang declared war on the drug dealers that operated in the area. Running battles were frequent with rival gangs Seven Immortals, and Savage Nomads. — Image by © JP Laffont/Sygma/Corbis

The Sixties gave birth to Peace & Love alongside the civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam. Meanwhile the inner cities gave birth the radicalism and militancy of Black Panthers and the Puerto Rican Young Lords but in the Bronx and the other 4 boroughs of New York City simmered an unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agencies could end the escalating bloodshed between gangs like the Black Spades, Bachelors, Savage Skulls, Javelins, Reapers, Turbans, the Roman Kings et al.

However, a peace truce came about after the 1971 killing of Cornell Benjamin, a widely respected “peace counselor” from the more community conscious Ghetto Brothers which was led by the charismatic Benji ‘Yellow Benjy’ Melendez and Carlos ‘Karate Charlie’ Suarez. Both of whom are interviewed in the film and remain quietly distressed at the events of that fateful day. It was following a visit to the mother of Cornell Benjamin that led the Ghetto Brothers, who were initially bent on revenge, to organise a city wide peace truce, an serious event would change life for generations to come.
When it held, gang life shifted from turf wars to the block parties, hosted by the likes of Kool Herc and Afrika Bammbaata, that incubated the wild style of breaking, rapping and turntablism.

Benji Melendez addresses the Truce Meeting .

Benji Melendez addresses the Truce Meeting. Can you dig it!

Rubble Kings chronicles life during this era of gang rule and in one moment of clarity upon signingthat truce their leaders saw that when they stopped killing each other the medea weren’t interested in the real issues facing the youth in the city. The film tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over. This what the director, Shan Nicholson, had to say about his documentary.

ghettobrothersalbum“I was instantly drawn to the story behind Rubble Kings. It was the backdrop to all I knew as a kid growing up in New York City during the 1980s. Hip-hop was my world- it was a movement growing on every stoop in every borough throughout the city. As kids, we would hear the echoes of generations past and the stories of the outlaw gangs that ruled the streets. Looking back, the tales seemed almost folkloric in nature filled with names like the Savage Skulls, Seven Immortals, and the Black Spades. We had no idea that these gangs played such an integral part in the birth of our generation’s song. Later in life, I started producing music and DJ’ing throughout the city. Record collecting became a daily ritual and on one of these missions, I ran into one of the holy grails of record collecting – a Latin funk album called “Power Fuerza” by the GhettoBrothers. Not only was the music amazing, their story would haunt me for months to come. The fact that The Ghetto Brothers chose peace over violence after the death of one of their own brother’s resonated with me deeply. I too had lost my best friend to an act of senseless violence. It shattered my world and here I was faced with this story of extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. I knew I had to tell this story.”

Enough said! Check it out. You can view it by pay to view or download online via Vimeo, amazon, itunes etc.

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ARAB JAZZ, CUBAN NOIR & A REVOLUTION BETRAYED…. this summer’s reading has been heavy! It kicked off with Marlon James’ A Short History Of Seven Killings – see the earlier post on that devastating tome – and that was followed up with Karim Miské’s award winning banlieue based thriller Arab Jazz which was touted as required reading after the Charlie Hebdo murders and had just come out in paperback.

untitledWell, as I write this the press is still reflecting on what might have happened if Ayoub El-Khazzani’s Kalishnikov hadn’t jammed on that train from Brussels last weekend and if we are looking for insights into the forces that drive such an individual, who claims to have found his AK-47 in the park, then Arab Jazz is not really the place to look. However, if you enjoy the twist and turns of a thriller, a murder mystery, which is set in the marginalised racial melting pot of the Parisian suburbs with a central character, Ahmed Taroudant – a traumatised recluse of middle eastern origin – and a couple of intriguing detectives, Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot, this is well worth a visit.

From the first description to Ahmed’s flat we are drawn into his world. There are books, hundreds of books, all of which he’s read, plus 3 cds – Fela, Gainsboug and French polymath Boris Vian. Along with murder there’s also a new drug on the block. It’s a contemporary and offbeat tale that weaves a web between a crew of alienated hip-hop headz, the local fundamentalist imam, a dodgy barber, a leading light in the Jahovas Witnesses, a sleazy brocanteur, an “ulta Orthodox Jewish Rasta’ and, of course, a couple of corrupt cops. Arab Jazz offers a ground level view of a city, a nation grappling with its own diversity. Miské’s writing comfortably reflects the contradictions of community and life in the banlieue and the lack of prospects and hope that confront the youth on a daily basis. It offers a ground level view of a city, a nation grappling with its own diversity and, while there’s not a hint of jazz anywhere in the book, Miské’s tale gathers splendid momentum as it spirals towards resolution.

Karim Minske

Karim Minske

man who...Basically, I can’t resist a good thriller and after Arab Jazz I was tempted to acquire the Walter Mosley’s latest Leonid Mcgill mystery. However, I got waylaid by the discovery of a Cuban thriller writer I found on the Havana Cultura website. I invested in Leonardo Padura’s first novel – Havana Red: A Mario Conde Mystery – and was immediately transported to a Cuba that I hadn’t experienced since I’d read the Pedro Juan Gutierrez’s disturbing Dirty Havana Trilogy. The discovery of a dead transgender man in a local park is a launchpad for our underpaid, impoverished and politically disillusioned detective to engage with an underground literary community where rivalries sparked and maintained by the dogma of the Communist Party lead to shame, hopelessness and death.

Only now are we beginning to get a real picture of what it was like in 1990’s Cuba and the physical suffering and hardships that its people went through post Glasnost and Padura’s book led me me to check out what else he’d written. I was immediately drawn to The Man Who Loved Dogs, a story about a despondent Cuban writer relegated to writing stories for the veterinary magazine who encounters a mysterious man on the beach walking two Russian wolfhounds. At the core of this 572 page book is the exile and assassination of Leon Trotsky, and as an ex-Communist Party member with no illusions about Stalin I was keen to read a novel about Stalin’s most vehement critic, penned by a writer who had grown up in a country shielded from the trials and the tyranny of Stalin’s Russia.

As a fledgeling student activist I read Trotsky’s Permanent Revolution to try and get an insight into why there was so much friction between the leftist political parties and organisations. It didn’t really help. The conflict between Stalinism and Trotskyism was irreconcilable. Too much water under the bridge. Also, I wasn’t interested in battling “Trotskyists” – Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebbit were on the move, the NF were rife in East London, youth unemployment was severe and the globally it was kicking off in Latin America while the struggle against apartheid was intensifying. Besides all that, there was Black Nationalism and free-jazz, the music of of Curtis Mayfield, the drums of the Nyabinghi and arrival Punk rock to be reckoned with.

Natalia Sedova & Leon Trotsky

Natalia Sedova & Leon Trotsky

It’s with hindsight and the passing of a more than a couple of decades that I was drawn to Padura’s book. It would flesh out the story that I’d read in Barbara Kingsolver’s excellent The Lacuna and as only fiction can I hoped it would make human the reality of Trotsky’s exile and fundamentalism of those hardened by the struggle. I was not disappointed. Padura reveals the physical and psychological impact brought about by the systematic mental and physical destruction of those that comrades, friends and family that Trotsky and his wife, Natalia, had fought alongside and loved. From that first encounter on a deserted Cuban beach were are initiated into the intricacies and betrayals of the Spanish Civil and introduced to the central character of this story – Romon Mercarder, the man who eventually assassinates Leon Trotsky/Lev Davidovitch. We get follow the Trotsky’s into exile, into forced isolation, from the snowy wastelands of Kyrgystan to Turkey to Finland and finally to Mexico and the house they share with the painters, Frida Karlho and Diego Rivera. Padura’s research is thorough. History unfolds interspersed with Moscow show trials and betrayals. War looms large as Hitler and fascism take power in Germany. At that point it seems that Trotsky is so isolated and irrelevant in face of catastrophic world events that one has to see the madness in Stalin’s final order – the last surviving Bolshevik from Lenin’s inner circle had to die in order to make Stalin’s deification complete.

Leonardo Padura

Leonardo Padura

Towards the end of the book the Cuban reflects on how, for his generation, the future of humanity rested on socialism even if it was “a little aesthetically ugly” and “incapable of, shall we say, of creating a song half as good as ‘Rocket Man'”. As Cubans they had been hermetically sealed off from the homicidal fury of the Soviet work camps, the trials, the persecution of non conformists and the religious… from Stalin’s megalomania. They had worked hard and paid a heavy personal price to maintain their own Cuban revolution and it was with great difficulty that they managed to comprehend why the great Soviet revolution, “all that perfection had collapsed like a giant merengue”. There is a lot of pain in this book but it’s a long and easy read. The journey was one I have been happy to take, it was an enlightening and definitely one I’d recommend to others.

Life goes on. Capital-ism and schism still prevails and ironically, just as The Man Who Loved Dogs dropped through my letter box (I’ve got a big letter box) the language of the left, of socialism and social justice, was about to be revived via a dedicated old skool leftist MP – Jeremy Corbyn – standing for leadership of the Labour Party. His mission was to force a debate that wouldn’t have happened had he not stood. The freedom to challenge those in power – the people that we elect and employ to do a job – that’s something worth fighting for. The lessons of near history that are revealed in The Man Who Loved Dogs are harsh and, in my mind, simply demand that we pursue creative, radical and humanitarian ideas and activism that better our lives and the lives of others while addressing the long term future and survival of the planet.

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ALL MUSICS FOR ALL PEOPLES – Sound Of Detroit – Motor City Rhythms – Carhartt WIP has teamed up with DJ Amir Abdullah (of Kon & Amir) to assist with the creation of a modest Strata clothing collection plus a radio broadcast and a limited edition magazine.

Detroit 2015 remains a symbol of a dark side of America’s post-industrial economy but with or without the motor industry, the city remains a unique place for musicians, producers and djs. Whether from rock, soul, funk, jazz or techno the inner city experiences, insights and emotions of these Chicago rooted artists have consistently translated into an array very unique  Detroit manifestations.

Since 2013, Carhartt WIP has paid tribute to the music of the Motor City with its bi-annual Sound Of Detroit T-Shirt series and this latest selection pays tribute to the outstanding work of the legendary, underground Detroit based Strata label.

All Musics For All Peoples is the original slogan taken from the 1974 Strata Catalogue, printed in its original font. As they put it back in the day: " We hope you’ll come to trust Strata Records to present not only quality music of your favorite idiom, but to introduce you to the quality music of idioms that you have never experienced or cared for."

All Musics For All Peoples is the original slogan taken from the 1974 Strata Catalogue,

Strata Records was launched by pianist Kenny Cox and trumpeter Charles Moore in the late 1960s. It became a vibrant hub for Detroit’s jazz scene in the late Sixties and early Seventies and it was a destination for heavyweight musicians like Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones and Herbie Hancock whenever they were in town. Strata’s principles were focused on artistic freedom, a philosophy that is still going strong to this day. Their albums embody a wonderfully expansive approach to music-making that is truly distinct, and although they were pressed in small quantities, their cult following continues to expand.


Original artwork for a Herbie Hancock show at the Strata Concert Gallery 46 Selden Street in Detroit, 1973.

Strata was independent, run and owned by artists, released less than ten records and was established an art gallery-come-live venue that started the first university Jazz music program to educate and create awareness following the Detroit riots of ’67 and ’68. In 2010,  Amir Abdullah was commissioned to create a lost youth culture exhibit for a Detroit online museum. He chose to celebrate Strata’s huge impact by re–issuing their catalogue through his own label 180 Proof Records.

detroit jazz

Above: The Detroit Jazz Renaissance was a public project of the Allied Artists Association with the support of the Michigan Council of Arts and the Detroit Council of Arts. Started at the end of the 1970‘s in an effort to support the crumbling Detroit Jazz scene one of the main aims of the Jazz Renaissance was to find and even build new venues for the music. The logo is taken from a 1979 poster promoting a show of Detroit jazz artists.

To check the free spirited and groundbreaking sound of Strata Records check the Carhartt WIP Radio broadcast where DJ Amir takes us on a personal journey through the goldmine of Strata records that features music by artists like Maulawi, The Lyman Woodard Organization, Kenny Cox and The Soulmates. https://soundcloud.com/carharttwip/carhartt-wip-radio-september-2015

Maulawi – People Make The World Go Round
The Contemporary Jazz Quintet – Nguzo Saba (Struggle)
Larry Nozero – Tune For L.N.
The Lyman Woodard Organization – Help Me Get Away
Maulawi – Naima
Sam Sanders – Face At My Window
Fito Foster – Salsa Pt. 1
Kenny Cox – Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
The Soulmates – I’m Really Gonna Miss You
Maulawi – Maiden Voyage
Sphere – Where
Maulawi – Eltition

Pin based on original artwork taken from a 1979 tour poster promo-ting an all-star show of Detroit Jazz artists

Pin based on original artwork taken from a 1979 tour poster promo-ting an all-star show of Detroit Jazz artists

As they put it back in the day: ” We hope you’ll come to trust Strata Records to present not only quality music of your favourite idiom, but to introduce you to the quality music of idioms that you have never experienced or cared for.”


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