Roy Brooks and the Artistic Truth’s Black Survival album is a true holy-grail for deep and spritual jazz collectors around the world.
Black Survival is reissued here, digitally remastered and cased in bespoke original artwork exact reproduction on hardboard Jap-style box case CD and a very limited (1000 worldwide) heavyweight US-made heavy board gatefold vinyl edition.
This album was originally independently released to raise funds to combat the ongoing drought in the Sahel region of Africa (an area covering parts of Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Chad, Darfur, Sudan and Ethiopia).
In his long and distinguished career, the legendary Detroit-born drummer Brooks played with everyone from Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Max Roach, Charles Mingus. From 1959-64 he was in the Horace Silver Quintet performing on classic Blue Note albums such as Song For My Father.
During his lifetime Brooks released precious few solo albums. His debut, ‘Beat’, was released in 1963 on Motown’s then new off-shoot jazz label Jazz Workshop. His connection with his hometown label dated back to his time working with The Four Tops
In 1972, Brooks formed the Artistic Truth. ‘Black Survival’, the Sahel Concert at the Town Hall was originally released on the small independent Im-Hotep Records in Harlem in 1974 (which also released Brook’s earlier Ethnic Expressions).
After many years on the New York jazz scene, Brooks returned to Detroit in 1975, where he continued to perform with the Artistic Truth as well as forming the collective Musicians United to Save Indigenous Culture (MUSIC) along with Strata founder Kenny Cox and members of the Tribe collective, Wendell Harrison and Harold McKinney.