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    Steve Colson & The Unity TroupeTriumph!Universal Sound

    In the early 1970s pianist and composer Adegoke Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson were both members of The Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the radical home of jazz music in Chicago, and spiritual home of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

    In 1980, Colson released ‘Triumph!’, recorded in Chicago with a stellar line-up of Art Ensemble and AACM members in the group including Joseph Jarman and Doug Ewart. This album was released on the private-press Silver Sphinx label, and distributed mainly in the local Chicago area. Universal Sound/Soul Jazz Records are releasing this extremely rare deep spiritual jazz album for the first time ever as a hardback edition CD and a very limited edition of 1000 –copy exact reproduction vinyl.

    • – Lateen
    • – Cidigie - Dicesui
    • – For Paul
    • – Unknown
    • – Temple at Dendera
    • – Triumph of the Outcasts, Coming
    Pheeroan ak LaffHouse of Spirit : MirthUniversal Sound

    American composer and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff's celebrated ‘House of Spirit:Mirth’ features in our recent revolutionary jazz records book (compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker).

    This album was originally released in 1979 on the composer Oliver Lake's bespoke private-press label Passin Thru' Inc., a not for profit label 'dedicated to fostering, promoting and advancing the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts'.  Consequently 'House of Spirit' remains one of the most elusive deep jazz releases of its time to collectors.

    Aklaff was an original of the Detroit jazz scene of the early 70s alongside musicians of the Tribe (Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond) and Strata collective (Kenny Cox and Charles Moore) and local luminaries such as Travis Biggs before moving to New York in the mid-1970s to work at the centre of the vibrant Loft/radical jazz scene. Here he worked and recorded with original greats such as Oliver Lake,  Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis (with numerous releases on India Navigation and other radical NY avant-jazz labels). At this time Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali became mentor to AkLaff, with Aklaff practically living at Ali's legendary club/live space 'Ali's Alley'.

    In the 1980s Aklaff continued his solo career with releases such as 'Fits Like A Glove' (1985), and 'Sonogram' (1989) featuring the cream of the New York 80s avant-garde players (Sonny Sharrock, Geri Allen etc) as well his continued work alongside artists of the calibre of Don Byron, Anne Claudine Myers, Julius Hemphill, Henry Threadgill and Oliver Lake.

    ‘House of Spirit: Mirth’ is one of the most radical of deep jazz releases of its time. Avant-garde beyond a doubt but with an Afro-centric rhythmical intensity hard to find in the myriad of independent free/loft jazz recorded in New York at the time.

    Influenced by Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, AkLaff also studied African drumming travelling to and working in the Ivory Coast, Togo, Swaziland, Malawi, Liberia as well as Nigeria, where he performed with Fela Kuti.

    Pheeroan AkLaff currently performs as a solo artist in New York and as part of the Cecil Taylor group. In 2006 he also co-founded Seed Artists Inc. for Artists and Communities, a non-profit organisation promoting inter-generational activities, concerts and music lessons, based in Brooklyn.

    This bespoke perfect replica reissue comes in a limited edition hardback box-case CD edition and a very limited  heavyweight vinyl and gatefold sleeve edition of 1000 copies worldwide.

    • – Ayin of Love
    • – Tzaddi Vau
    • – Michelle Del
    • – Jarawa
    • – Freedom
    • – 3 in 1
    Hu VibrationalUniversal MotherSoul Jazz Records

    Hu Vibrational's new album mixes deep percussive African rhythms and Afro- Jazz with elements of hip-hop and electronica recorded in Los Angeles, California. This is the second album by Hu Vibrational to be released on Soul Jazz Records and for those of you bought the first release this will not disappoint! Produced by West Coast left-field hip-hop/electronic/jazz artist Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact, the album features Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake and Brahim Fribgane as well as special guest and deep jazz legend Yusef Lateef. Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake have between them played and recorded with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, Don Cherry and many more. With previous releases on Soul Jazz Records (Beautiful) and Scott Heren’s (Prefuse 73) Eastern developments label, Hu Vibrational’s deep spiritual music draws on the links between Africa, Jazz music and avant-garde Hip-Hop. Adam Rudolph co-founded the Mandingo Griot Society and has been working together for over recent years as musical partner to the great Yusef Lateef. He also runs the Go:Organic Orchestra a 22 piece percussion group. Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact has had releases on Ninja, Soul Jazz Records, Eastern Development and Plug Research. As well as being an integral part of Hu Vibrational he has also produced Dwight Trible and The Life Force Trio, Build An Ark and the Go;Organic Orchestra.

    • Hu Vibrational – Twins
    • Hu Vibrational – Luna
    • Hu Vibrational – We Call To Her
    • Hu Vibrational – Amma
    • Hu Vibrational – Meta M'Bulu
    • Hu Vibrational – Hakuna
    • Hu Vibrational – Nammu
    • Hu Vibrational – Her Dream Of Peace
    • Hu Vibrational – Born Form The Sea
    • Hu Vibrational – Mandala
    • Hu Vibrational – M'Bip
    • Hu Vibrational – Ninety-Six Lotus Blossoms
    • Hu Vibrational – Red Ochre Cowrie
    • Hu Vibrational – In The Field Featuring Yusef Lateef
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    Travis BiggsChallengeUniversal Sound

    Following on from their recent New Thing album of Deep Jazz in USA (Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp), Soul Jazz Records are re-issuing this lost classic album.

    Travis Biggs' "Challenge" is a boogie/jazz-funk/jazz lp originally recorded in Detroit in 1975.

    This one off-album initially came out on his own tiny T & C label with a pressing of 500 copies and was used by Travis as a demo.

    This is the second of 3 lost albums that Soul Jazz Records are re-issuing following on from first appearing on New Thing. As well as the track "Tibetan Serenity" (as featured on "New Thing" album), the album also includes super-rare versions of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and a cover of the Loft/Paradise Garage classic track, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle".

    • Travis Biggs – I Wish
    • Travis Biggs – Autumn Jewel
    • Travis Biggs – Fly Like An Eagle
    • Travis Biggs – Ven A. Bailar Conmigo
    • Travis Biggs – Solar Funk
    • Travis Biggs – The Do-Do Walk
    • Travis Biggs – Stone Country
    • Travis Biggs – Tibetan Serenity
    New Thing!Deep Jazz in the USASoul Jazz Records

    New Thing! tells the story of Deep Jazz in the USA. Post-Civil Rights, Post- Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, Post-John Coltrane, this album shows how radical musicians developed musically, politically and spiritually at this time. 

    New Thing! shows how these musicians redefined themselves and their music to present a new Black American music that encompassed Jazz with Eastern music and philosophies, space travel, classical music, ballet and African music alongside other American musics such as Gospel, Funk, Soul and Blues. The period of music covered on New Thing is from 1970-1985. (One exception and a forerunner to much of this music, the Sun Ra track "Angels and Demons at Play" is from 1957! and clearly shows a man ahead of his time in his music and ideas). New Thing! features heavyweight Jazz artists such as Alice Coltrane, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra and Archie Shepp alongside many other less-well known, but equally important artists such as Rashied Ali (who played alongside John Coltrane) and Stanley Cowell (who started one of the first independent labels for this music, Strata-East Records, along with Charles Tolliver). 

    The music on New Thing! ranges from the deep street funk of "Street Rap" and "Funky AECO" to hypnotic eastern-influenced tracks such as "Tibetan Serenity" and radical left-field tracks such as Rashied Ali and Frank Lowe’s "Duo Exchange". The album comes with extensive sleevenotes and exclusive photos (many by celebrated photographer Val Wilmer, herself an important chronicler of this period in music).

    • – Maulawi - Street Rap
    • – Travis Biggs - Tiebetan Serenity
    • – Lloyd Mcneil - Home Rule
    • – Stanley Cowell - El Space-o
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    Hu VibrationalBeautiful: Boonghee Music 2Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz are releasing this new album that mixes deep percussive Afro- Jazz with elements of Hip-Hop recorded in Los Angeles, California. The album features members of the West Coast left-field Hip-Hop/Electronica community such as Daedelus and Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact alongside Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake have between them played and recorded with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, Don Cherry and many more. With previous releases on Scott Heren’s (Prefuse 73) Eastern developments label, Hu Vibrational’s deep spiritual music draws on the links between Jazz music and avant-garde Hip-Hop. Adam Rudolph co-founded the Mandingo Griot Society and has been working together for over recent years as musical partner to the great Yusef Lateef. He also runs the Go:Organic Orchestra a 22 piece percussion group. Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact has had releases on Soul Jazz Records, Eastern Development and Plug Research. As well as being an integral part of Hu Vibrational he has also produced Build An Ark who feature on the recent tribute to Sun Ra release alongside Theo Parrish, Recloose, Jimi Tenor, Alex Attias and more.

    • Hu Vibrational – Joyous
    • Hu Vibrational – Joyful Road
    • Hu Vibrational – We Walk
    • Hu Vibrational – Friends And Gardens (For Don Cherry)
    • Hu Vibrational – Feet On A Beautiful Planet
    • Hu Vibrational – Locomotion
    • Hu Vibrational – Path Of Peace (For Yusef Lateef)
    • Hu Vibrational – Walkabout It
    • Hu Vibrational – Copa Setic Interlude
    • Hu Vibrational – On The Now (For Big Black)
    • Hu Vibrational – In The House
    • Hu Vibrational – Sunkissed
    • Hu Vibrational – Return To Earth