Bridge into the New Age

Bridge into the New Age


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There have been a number of compilations released in the latter years of the 21st century's first decade that concern themselves with the spiritual jazz of the post-Coltrane years: The first really solid one was King Britt's Cosmic Lounge: A Spiritual Quest for Higher Sound, released on Rapster; Nicola Conte's Spiritual Swingers: Deep Afrocentric Modal Jazz from Universal Music Archives; Jazzman's Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal & Deep Jazz from the Underground 1968 to 1977; Soul Brother's African Spirits: A Spiritual Jazz Journey Looking Back to Africa; Universal Japan's Jazz Supreme: Spiritual Love Is Everywhere, and the P-Vine offering Jazz Supreme: Spiritual Waltz-A-Nova. All of them are worthwhile, though there is some obvious overlap. That said, this set, Bridge into the New Age (named for a tune and album title by Azar Lawrence) on BGP is unique even among these offerings. For starters, all of the material comes from the Prestige vaults since all of these artists, including Lawrence, Gary Bartz, Joe Henderson, Bayete (Todd Cochrane), Idris Muhammad, McCoy Tyner, Norman Connors, and Jack DeJohnette all recorded for its affiliated labels at the time. The most unique aspect of this collection, however, is that this set of tunes showcases most effectively where the spirit of Coltrane's investigations met the street that Miles Davis was most interested in addressing from the late '60s on. All of these musicians were deeply influenced by both men, and most played with Miles -- Tyner of course, and Alice Coltrane, who appears with Henderson on one tune reflects Coltrane's influence. This is fusion music alright, but it is jazz fusion, where it met soul and funk yet remained firmly in the jazz camp while making use of other musics to further its margins; this was truly new jazz recorded between 1968 and 1974. Compiled, sequenced, and expertly annotated by Dean Rutland, virtually every track is a stone-killer and creates a gorgeous, thought-provoking, and groove-laden aural investigation of jazz during an oft-overlooked period when creativity and musicianship were not only blossoming, but engaging one another in a brave new way. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2009
Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC: 0029667520324
catalogNumber: 203
Rank: 169375

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Hadley Caliman   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass,Electric Bass
Stanley Cowell   Electric Piano
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Sonny Fortune   Soprano Saxophone
Carlos Garnett   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Billy Hart   Drums
Joe Henderson   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Dave Holland   Bass,Electric Bass
Hubert Laws   Flute,Alto Flute
Bennie Maupin   Flute
Alphonse Mouzon   Drums
Woody Shaw   Trumpet
Larry Willis   Electric Piano,Ring Modulator
Eddie Henderson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Clint Houston   Bass
Stafford James   Bass,Electric Bass
Azar Lawrence   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jean Carn   Vocals
Hubert Eaves   Piano,Electric Piano
Kenneth Nash   Percussion
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Todd Cochran   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Angel Allende   Percussion,Timbales
Kenny Barron   Electric Piano
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Buddy Caldwell   Conga
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Alice Coltrane   Piano,Harmonium,Tamboura
Norman Connors   Drums
Skip Drinkwater   Percussion
Guilherme Franco   Percussion
Elmer Gibson   Electric Piano
Calvin Hill   Bass
Bobby Hutcherson   Vibes
Idris Muhammad   Drums,Gong,cowbell
Arthur Jenkins   Percussion
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Lawrence Killian   Bongos,Conga
Howard King   Drums
Dom Um Romão   Percussion
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Clarence Thomas   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Bells
James Leary   Bass,Electric Bass
Dave Johnson   Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gary Bartz   Composer,Producer
Jack DeJohnette   Composer
Carlos Garnett   Arranger,Composer
Joe Henderson   Composer
Azar Lawrence   Composer
Todd Cochran   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
Skip Drinkwater   Producer
Idris Muhammad   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes

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