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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        • Florian Fricke / Popol Vuh – The Kora - Ritual Circuit Of The Sacred Mountain
        • Florian Fricke / Popol Vuh – Valley Of The Gods
        • Florian Fricke / Popol Vuh – Buddha's Footprint
        • Florian Fricke / Popol Vuh – Transhimalaya
        • Deluxe 2×CD+DVD Box Set£16.99
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        Black Fire! New Spirits! BOOKImages of A Revolution : Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75Soul Jazz Books
        Featuring: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Alice Coltrane, Eric Dolphy,...
        Jackie MittooThe Keyboard King At Studio OneUniversal Sound
        As Soul Jazz Records enter into the mighty vaults of Studio One, the most respected label in reggae history, we present you with this showcase of Jackie...
        • Jackie Mittoo – Get Up And Get It
        • Jackie Mittoo – Black Organ
        • Jackie Mittoo – Killer Diller
        • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
        • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Tamale
        • Jackie Mittoo – Reggae Rock
        • Jackie Mittoo – Oboe
        • Jackie Mittoo – Juice Box
        • Jackie Mittoo – Summer Breeze
        • Jackie Mittoo – Drum Song
        • Jackie Mittoo – P. Cafe
        • Jackie Mittoo – Henry The Great
        • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
        • Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
        • Jackie Mittoo – Darker Shade Of Black
        Carroll ThompsonHopelessly In Love Universal Sound
        Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sounds are issuing this seminal 1981 reggae album from Caroll Thompson.Thirty years on, this long out-of-print album stands...
        • Carroll Thompson – Yesterday
        • Carroll Thompson – I'm So Sorry
        • Carroll Thompson – No, You Don't Know
        • Carroll Thompson – Sing Me A Love Song
        • Carroll Thompson – Mr. Cool
        • Carroll Thompson – Merry-Go-Round
        • Carroll Thompson – Simply In Love
        • Carroll Thompson – When We Are As One
        • Carroll Thompson – What Colour?
        • Carroll Thompson – Hopelessly In Love
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        Arthur RussellThe World Of Arthur RussellSoul Jazz Records
        New fully remastered re-release of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music...
        • Dinosuar L – Go Bang (Francois K Mix)
        • Lola – Wax The Van
        • Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan Mix)
        • Arthur Russell – Keeping Up
        • Arthur Russell – In The Light Of The Miracle
        • Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
        • Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk
        • Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
        • Dinosuar L – In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan Mix)
        • Arthur Russell – Treehouse
        • Indian Ocean – Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons Mix)
        Mulatu AstatkeMulatu Of EthiopiaWorthy Records
        This is perhaps the best album from cult Ethiopian deep jazz hero Mulatu Astake This highly sought-after rarity is probably the best African deep...
        • Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu
        • Mulatu Astatke – Dewel
        • Mulatu Astatke – Kulunmanquel
        • Mulatu Astatke – Kasalekut-hulu
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        Michel SardabyGailWorld Seven
        Oh my god it's a killer! Unbelieveably rare KILLER deep groovy jazz including the VERY SOUGHT after jazz dance classic cut 'Welcome New Warmth' (which...
        • Michel Sardaby – Welcome New Warmth
        • LP£19.99
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        Gilberto GilLouvacaoUniversal Sound
        NOW ON CD as deluxe Jap-style hard-cased exact repro digitally remastered box edition with Obi-card. also: Superb collectors edition very limited deluxe...
        • Gilberto Gil – Louvacao
        • Gilberto Gil – Beira Mar
        • Gilberto Gil – Lunik 9
        • Gilberto Gil – Ensaio Geral
        • Gilberto Gil – Me Perdoe Maria
        • Gilberto Gil – A Rua
        • Gilberto Gil – Roda
        • Gilberto Gil – Rancho Da Rosa Encarnada
        • Gilberto Gil – Viramundo
        • Gilberto Gil – Mancada
        • Gilberto Gil – Água De Meninos
        • Gilberto Gil – Procissao
        • Gilberto Gil – Minha Senora
        • Gilberto Gil – A Moreninha
        Venezuela 70 : Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American EarthVenezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970sSoul Jazz Records
        Soul Jazz Records’ new Venezuela 70 is the first-ever album of its kind to take a look at the groundbreaking experimental rock music made in Venezuela...
        • Vytas Brenner – Araguaney
        • Pablo Schneider – Amor En Llamas
        • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Machu Picchu
        • Miguel Angel Fuster – Polvo Lunar
        • Angel Rada – Basheeba
        • Fernando Yvosky – Barcos De Papel
        • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Son De Tambor y San Juan
        • Vytas Brenner – Bang-Going-Gone
        • Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva – Irene
        • Miguel Angel Fuster – Dame De Comer
        • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – San Juan, Tambor y Fuera
        • Ofrenda Vytas Brenner – Caracas Para Locos
        • Grupo C.I.M. – Joropo No. 1
        • Angel Rada – Panico a Las 5am
        • Apocalipsis – Ayudame a Encontrar Mi Camino
        • Miguel Angel Fuster – La Quema De Judas
        Sound DimensionJamaica Soul Shake Vol. 1Soul Jazz Records
        After The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension were perhaps the most important instrumental group in the history of reggae music. That they remain relatively...
        • Sound Dimension – Heavy Beat
        • Sound Dimension – Federated Backdrop
        • Sound Dimension – Baby Face
        • Sound Dimension – Rathid
        • Sound Dimension – Bitter Blood
        • Sound Dimension – Love Land
        • Sound Dimension – Full Up
        • Sound Dimension – Upsetters Dream
        • Sound Dimension – Soul Shake
        • Sound Dimension – The Thing
        • Sound Dimension – My Heart in Rhythm
        • Sound Dimension – Man Pon Spot
        • Sound Dimension – Holy Moses
        • Sound Dimension – Doctor Sappa Too
        • Sound Dimension – Hail Don D
        • Sound Dimension – Solas