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Friday, February 03, 2012

CD Review: Various Artists - Spiritual Jazz 2: Europe


This is a very moving disc - although not a Spiritual person myself I feel the power of the music coming through. The blurb is right when it describes this as A heady mix indeed, stirring jazz overtures with orchestra and choir, festival performances recorded live from the grassy heartlands of central Europe, modal montages inspired by pilgrimages to Asia and Africa, experiments in rhythm and sound where modern jazz meets traditional Balkan and Flamenco folk music. 
The track listing is indicative of just how European this music is with Michael Garrick representing the UK and other familiar names such as Dusko Goykovic, Albert Mangelsdorf, Barney Wilen and Hans Dulfer also reaching out to give their country a say. It is varied yet still compelling without straying too far from the contemporary scene and I don't think there is one track I would veto although the Dulfer one was borderline!
Spiritual Jazz – European style, brought to you by the ever impressive Jazzman Records, run by (Jazzman) Gerald Short in London who is to be commended for producing such a rare collection.. It will be available from Monday 6 February on CD and also 2xLP (180g/gatefold). Each track has been digitally restored from the original master tapes, and the release features comprehensive liner notes with individual notes on each track with original stories direct from the musicians and artists. Most of these tracks have never before been reissued – previously only available on rare LPs that change hands for mega bucks.
Tracklisting:
01. Erich Kleinschuster Sextett - Communion [Austria]
02. Albert Manglesdorf Quintet - Varie [Germany]
03. Michael Garrick Sextet - Temple Dancer [UK]
04. Raphael - Archangelo [Belgium]
05. Barney Wilen - Africa Freakout [France]
06. Nicolai Gromin - Corrida [Czechoslovakia]
07. Heikki Sarmanto - Duke and Trane [Finland]
08. Wroblewski Jazz Quintet - Nana Imboro [Poland]
09. Dusko Goykovic - Bosna Calling [Yugoslavia]
10. Pedro Iturralde - Las Morillas de Jaen [Spain]
11. Hans Dulfer & Ritmo-Natural - Candy Clouds (Part II) [Holland]
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