Oliver Lake Ntu: Point From Which Creation Begins (1971)

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    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are reissuing jazz composer Oliver Lake's Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, his stunning rhythmical Afro-centric deep spiritual jazz debut album originally recorded in 1971. This classic spiritual deep jazz album digitally remastered and cased in bespoke original artwork exact reproduction on hardboard Jap-style box case CD and a very limited (1000 worldwide) heavyweight 180gm audiophile vinyl edition.

    This album features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records’ own Freedom, Rhythm and Sound large-format book of revolutionary jazz.

    Saxophonist Oliver Lake’s unique career path includes working with Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Bjork, composing for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and as long time member of the avant-garde jazz group World Saxophone Quartet. This genre-defying, wide-ranging and cross-pollinating creativity is a consequence of Lake’s musical roots in the radical Black Arts Movement of 1960s Afro-America.

    Oliver Lake’s career began in a creatively charged time and place. In the late 1960s, Lake alongside Julius Hemphill and Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw, co-founded The Black Artists Group (BAG), the St Louis-based equivalent to Chicago’s Art Ensemble of Chicago/Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians collective.

    Out of this BAG collective came many other variant groups and arts projects which included The Human Arts Ensemble, Red Black & Green Solidarity Unit, Onawali Dancers, Malinque Rhythm Tribe, BAG Drama Dept., Great Black Music Orchestra of St. Louis, Fire-Earth-Air-Water, Me We & Them and the Julius Hemphill Quartet.

    The first recordings from Oliver Lake and the Black Artist Group collective, true to keeping with the era’s radicalism, self-definition and economical empowerment value system, kept a wide birth from the mainstream music industry and were released on the private pressing record label, Universal Justice, self-distributed at concerts and events.

    In 1971, after appearing on two collective projects by The Human Art Ensemble and Children of The Sun, Oliver Lake recorded his own debut album Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, self-financed for release on his own Passin Thru’ record company. However, shortly afterwards the tape of this album was put in storage, as Lake and the other BAG members headed off to Europe in the path of The Art Ensemble of Chicago and other free jazz African-American musicians, many of whom were finding a new open-minded audience across the Atlantic.

    Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins remained unreleased until 1976 when an association with major label Arista/Freedom issued a number of Lake and the Black Artists Group’s early releases and unreleased tapes. Long unavailable, this album has now itself become a rarity.

    Heavily progressive, rhythmical and intense, the album features Lake alongside an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest radical, avant-garde and deep jazz musicians which includes Joe Bowie (Lester’s brother, who also later formed Defunkt and worked with James White and The Blacks), Don Moye (on loan from the Art Ensemble of Chicago), and regulars such as Charles Bobo Shaw.

    Lake returned from Europe to live in New York in the second-half of the 1970s to firmly ensconce himself in the emerging Loft Jazz scene, which soon became the dominant avant-garde movement of this era, and Lake an intrinsic member. At this time Lake also formed the World Saxophone Quartet alongside Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray, which continues it’s own radical path to this day.

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        Bob Shad was one of the greatest music producers of the 20th century, having worked with all the music giants you can think of, from Charlie Parker...
        • Harold Land – In The Back, In The Corner, In The Dark
        • Roy Haynes – Senyah
        • Charles Williams – Iron Jaws
        • Buddy Terry – Inner Peace
        • Hadley Caliman – Cigar Eddie
        • Frank Foster – Requiem for a Dusty
        • Pete Yellin – Mebakush 1972
        • Dave Hubbard – B.C.
        • Sonny Red – Love Song
        • LaMont Johnson – Libra’s Longing
        • Shelly Manne – Inifinity
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        Boombox 2Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 83Soul Jazz Records
        Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 2 is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979-83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here...
        • Harlem World – Let's Rock
        • Lonnie Love – Young Ladies
        • Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That's The Joint
        • Terry Lewis and Wild Flower – The Peoples Message Take Two
        • Rappers Rapp Group – Rappin' Partee Groove (Club Version)
        • Eddie Cheba – Lookin' Good
        • MC Rock Lovely – One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
        • Little Starsky – Dancin' Party People
        • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
        • Busy Bee – School Days
        • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Swann Controllers – Maximus Party
        • Margo's Kool Out Crew – Death Rap
        • Grand Master Chilly T and Stevie G – Rock The Message Rap
        • Zoot II – Dr. Ice Rap
        A New LifePrivate, Independent and Youth Jazz In Great Britain 1966-1990Jazzman
        Diving into the unknown world of the private pressing, Jazzman Records presents some examples of the rarest, and best, British jazz. The compilation looks...
        • Joy – Martini Sweet
        • Nottingham Jazz Orchestra – Sixes and Severns
        • Billy Jenkins & The Voice of God Collective – High Street / Saturday
        • London Jazz IV – Death Is Near
        • Graham Collier – Darius
        • Spot the Zebra – Living Planet
        • Quincicasm – Trent Park Song
        • Cameo – Poliphony
        • Lori Vambe – Drumsong
        • Frank Evans – The Bistro Kid
        • Edge – Danielle and the Holly Tree
        • Indiana Highway – We Three Kings
        • Walsall Youth Jazz – The Dragon
        • 1. Joy – Martini Sweet
        • 2. Nottingham Jazz Orchestra – Sixes and Severns
        • 3. Billy Jenkins & The Voice of God Collective – High Street / Saturday
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        • 2×LP£18.99
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        Coxsone's Music 2 : The Sound Of Young JamaicaMore Early Cuts From The Vaults Of Studio One 1959-63Soul Jazz Records
        Over 40 tracks!This is the second collection to bring together many of the visionary producer Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s early recordings made...
        • Roland and his Alley Cats – Jerk Pork
        • Neville Esson – Lovers Jive
        • Monty & The Cyclones – Lazy Lou
        • Owen Gray – Get Drunk
        • Monty & The Cyclones – Dog It
        • Clancy Eccles – More Proof
        • Tommy McCook & The Skatalites – Exodus
        • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Swanee River Rock
        • Delroy Wilson – Spit In The Sky
        • Roland Alphonso – Federal Special
        • Owen Gray – Grandma Grandpa
        • Don Drummond – Cuban Blockade
        • Theophilus Beckford With Clue J & His City Slickers – Little Lady
        • Tommy McCook – Away From You
        • Clancy Eccles With Hersan & His City Slickers – I Live And I Love
        • Roland Alphonso and His Alley Cats – Hully Gully Rock
        • Delroy Wilson – Lion Of Judah
        • Tommy McCook – Two For One
        • Toots & The Maytals – Sweet Sweet Jenny
        • Roland Alphonso – Grand National
        • Owen Gray With Hersan & His City Slickers – Sinners Weep and Mourn
        • Tommy McCook – Peanut Vendor
        • Toots & The Maytals – Shining Light
        • Lascelles Perkins with Clue J & His Blues Blasters  – Lonely Moments
        • Toots & The Maytals – Six and Seven Books Of Moses
        • Cecil Lloyd – It Happens
        • Bonny & Scully – Don't Do It
        • Don Drummond – Scrap Iron
        • Lascelles Perkins with Clue J & His Blues Blasters  – Creation
        • Tommy McCook – Don't Slam The Door
        • Winston & Bibbie and The Rhythm Aces – Joybells Of Independence
        • Roland Alphonso – Jack Ruby
        • Toots & The Maytals – Hallelujah
        • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Habits
        • Frank Anderson & Tommy McCook – Wheel and Turn
        • Busty & Cool – Kingston To Mo'Bay
        • Don Drummond – Mr Propman
        • Higgs & Wilson – Mighty Man
        • Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso – Trotting In
        • Bunny & Skitter with Count Ossie and His Wareikas – Cool Breeze
        • The Mellow Larks – Light Of My Life
        Pharoah SandersIzipho Zam (My Gifts)Everland Jazz
        Pharoah Sanders 1973 Strata-East album with 'Prince of Peace'. UNBELIEVEABLY AWESOME AND DEEP! 
        • Pharoah Sanders – Prince Of Peace
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        Boombox 3Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 83Soul Jazz Records
        Limited Edition first copies bought directly from us here only come with free poster (with 3x LP edition) + free badge and sticker (with Deluxe 2xCD edition...
        • Majestics – Class A
        • Brother's Disco – Thumpin'
        • Mifflin Ensemble – On The Move
        • Sherod – Schooling (Put Your Mind To The Message)
        • Sugar Daddy – Another One Bites The Dust
        • Family Four – Rap Attack
        • She – Ms D.J. Rap It Up !
        • The Caution Crew – Rhythm Rock (Part 1)
        • Poor Boy Rappers – The DJ Rap
        • Family – Family Rap
        • Bobby Deemo – Bugs-B-Skate Rap
        • Teen-Machine – Teen-Machine Rap
        • T.J. Swann & Company – Get Fly
        • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
        • Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty – Rhapazooty In Blue
        • Mr. Fox – Smooth Talk
        • Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop – Wack Rap
        • Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp
        Spiritual Jazz Volume Three Jazzman
        The third instalment from Jazzman's impeccable "Spiritual Jazz" series unearthing another sixteen '60's and '70's modal, esoteric and spiritual jazz obscurities...
        • Jef Gilson – Untitled
        • Hermann Gehlen – Kyrie
        • Palle Mikkelborg – Mongolia
        • Michel Roques – Le Temps
        • That's Why – Udoyeleg
        • Binder Quintet – Vasvir'g
        • Albert Mangelsdorff – Sakura Waltz
        • Yoki Freund – Aisha
        • CD£12.99
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