The Lightmen Plus One – Wench (1972)

“Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. Fancy Pants is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.” Source:Reissue

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The Contemporary Jazz Quintet – Inner Beckoning (1973)

‘Location’ dropped on Cox’s own Strata imprint. Led by Kenny Cox on piano and electric piano, the quintet also features Charles Moore on flugelhorn, trumpet and percussion – an enormously influential figure on the Detroit scene – along with guitarist and Motown side-man Ron English. This five-track offering shows the ensemble to have side-stepped the shadow of 60’s Miles Davis for a more muscular and explosive art form. From the aptly entitled opening salvo of ‘Bang’ to the expansive thirteen minute ‘Inner Beckoning’, ‘Location’ delivers that sense of restless reflection and stubborn resistance which characterized the dawn of the Seventies in the Motor City.” Source

Sons Of Kemet – My Queen Is Harriet Tubman (2018)

Taken from the 2018 album “Your Queen Is A Reptile”

“It is appropriate that this, British-based Sons of Kemet’s third album, should be released under the Impulse banner. During its heyday, Impulse was the home of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders and as such was the chief platform for the cosmic/spiritual jazz movement of the 1960s and 1970s and that movement’s demand for white-majority society’s recognition of black culture and respect for black people.” Source
Sons Of Kemet Official Website

Colin Hinton – Felines (2018)

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“On his debut full-length as a bandleader and composer, Hinton’s Glassbath channels the edgy jazz/rock of Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, the vast sonic landscapes of post-rock pioneers such as Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the post-hardcore/indie-rock of Dallas’ Red Animal War, and the audacious experimental jazz of Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, and Peter Brötzmann.
With the leader’s passionate and deeply musical drumming at its core, the group honors Hinton’s duel allegiance to both the Texas indie rock scene and New York’s forward-thinking jazz community. Angular pulses draw the listener in, before abrupt left turns into frenetic abstraction turn expectations upside down.
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released February 20, 2018

Peyton Pleninger – tenor
Edward Gavitt – guitar
Nick Dunston – electric bass
Colin Hinton – drums/compositions ” Bandcamp

Henry Cow – Bittern Storm Over Ulm (1974)

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As we all know, 1974 was a brilliant year in music. This is a track from the Henry Cow album ‘Unrest’, and it is absolutely outstanding as is the whole album.

“By this point Henry Cow consisted of guitarist Fred Frith, drummer Chris Cutler, bassist John Greaves, keyboardist Tim Hodgkinson, and, of particular importance to the band’s sound at this point, bassoonist Lindsay Cooper. As is so often the case with avant-garde rock & roll, it’s the composed pieces that work best, and the fact that Frith is responsible for the majority of them is significant. “Bittern Storm Over Ulm” is an absolutely brilliant demolition of the Yardbirds’ “Got to Hurry,” …”Allmusic