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Jazzman Records reissues Spiritual Jazz Volume 1 this December

Spiritual Jazz, Soul Jazz, Black Jazz, Free Jazz: these terms emerged in the late 60s / early 70s to describe a moment in music that was being increasingly defined by the rife socio-political climes surrounding the jazz world. Some of these recordings have gone on to such adoration, they eclipse the decades of foundational jazz that precede it; others languish in obscurity and are quickly forgotten, only to be dredged up by discerning sound seekers like the gang at UK’s Jazzman Records. This first volume of the Spiritual Jazz series was originally released in 2008, collecting 12 sides of avant-garde and politically-charged soul jazz by scene fixtures from the American underground and beyond.

From Egyptian drummer Salah Ragab to third-string Arkestra bassist Ronnie Boykins, none of these artists will likely be familiar even to the most seasoned heads, let alone household names. As such, many of the original pressings from whence these recordings originally appeared are now impossibly rare – Jazzman does the deep digging (and spending) here so you don’t have to. The series has since grown to become one of the most reliable surveys of this music and its various strains plucked from the worldwide jazz diaspora, and volume 1 is a near-perfect primer for anyone humbly looking to expand their jazz horizons.

Head here to order this collection from Jazzman Records and also do check out the artwork and track list below.

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Track List

1. James Tatum Trio Plus – Introduction
2. Lloyd Miller – Gol-E-Gandom
3. Morris Wilson Beau Bailey Quintet – Paul’s Ark
4. Mor Thiam – Ayo Ayo Nene
5. Ndikho Xaba & The Natives – Nomusa
6. The Positive Force with Ade Olatunji – The Akrikan In Winter
7. Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band – Neveen
8. The Frank Derrick Total Experience – No Jive
9. Hastings Street Jazz Experience – Ja Mil
10. Ronnie Boykins – The Will Come, Is Now
11. Leon Gardner – Be There
12. Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble – Psych City