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GILLES PETERSON Black Jazz Radio Intro
00 :05
02 09 :27
03
Gene Russell Black Orchid
03 :15
04
Rudolph Johnson The Highest Pleasure
07 :41
05 12 :35
06
Walter Bishop's 4th Cycle N'Dugu's Prayer
04 :30
07
Doug Carn Higher Ground
05 :06
08 09 :25
09
Roland Haynes Second Wave
06 :08
10
Kellee Patterson Maiden Voyage
05 :17
11
Calvin Keys Aunt Lovey
07 :18
12
The Awakening Awakening Epilogue
00 :53
ARTIST
TITLE
Black Jazz Radio
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SDGBJ 1302CD SDGBJ 1302CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/22/2013

Gilles Peterson, well-known for his record label (Brownswood), BBC radio show, and deep crates, takes the challenge and pays tribute to one of his favorite labels, Black Jazz Records. As Peterson states, "I stumbled upon a Doug Carn album and my life changed." Not merely a "best of" the label, Gilles successfully links the disparate corners of a first-class soul/jazz/funk catalog (Black Jazz, 1971-1976) with tracks by Calvin Keys, Doug Carn, Kellee Patterson, and label-head Gene Russell, while making the listener nearly forget the thread that ties the tracks together. At the apex of the mix, he drops one of the all-time great spiritual jazz cuts "Higher Ground," its hymn-like quality a surprisingly apt lead-in to Cleveland Eaton's 9+ minute funk chant "All Your Lover, All Day, All Night," a tribute of a different sort -- and yet the mood remains constant. The mix could easily incorporate tracks by other early-mid 1970s like-sounding giants Tony Williams, EWF, Sugarcane Harris, or Funkadelic, but the label's five years of existence more than suffices to provide enough raw material for this devastating jazz/funk journey. This is part two of a three-disc mix series, coordinated with remastered reissues of the original albums on CD, featuring liner notes by Downbeat writers Frank-John Hadley and John Ephram, and newly-discovered photographs and artwork.