A resurgence of interest in 60s and 70s reissues from the outer reaches of experimental jazz sees Chris Parkin don his multicoloured Afrofuturistic spacesuit to voyage into the lesser known…
With interest piqued by contemporary artists such as Kamasi Washington, Thundercat and Matthew Halsall, and the arrival of Germany’s ECM label on streaming services, vinyl hunters are hungry for free and spiritual jazz classics from the 60s and 70s.
is Joe Henderson’s 1973 album, The Elements, on which Coltrane injects her world-music studies into the tenor saxophonist’s melodic improvisation. It’s one of Henderson’s finest (and most unusual) albums.
SUN RA ARKESTRA FEATURING PHAROAH SANDERS AND BLACK HAROLD IS AN EARLY POINTER TO THE OUTER COSMOS WHERE BOTH WERE HEADING, AND HAS SINCE BECOME A JAZZ COLLECTOR’S WET DREAM
Of course, Sun Ra’s music features heavily in the ‘jazz reissues’ racks every year. It was no different in 2017, with the second instalment of Strut Records’ Sun Ra Singles collection now out, alongside reissues of Discipline 27- 11, recorded during the same sessions as his classic Space Is The Place, and pivotal albums The Magic City, My Brother The Wind, Vol. 1 and Thunder Of The Gods.
man named by Sun Ra, who Ornette Coleman called the best tenor player in the world, have been made available. Tauhid (1967), Jewels Of Thought (1969) and Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun) (1970) are out now on Anthology Recordings, Mexican Summer’s reissue imprint. His soulful, squalling free jazz is infused with the mysticism of Ancient Egypt and the sounds and drones of Sufism and the East, expanding the spiritual journey begun by John Coltrane.