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ARTIST
TITLE
Drum Dance to the Motherland
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MTE 050CD MTE 050CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/14/2015

2006 reissue of this 1973 private press album. There's not another record on the planet that sounds even remotely like vibraphonist Khan Jamal's eccentric, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, Drum Dance to the Motherland. In its improbable fusion of free jazz expressionism, Black psychedelia, and full-on dub-like production techniques, Drum Dance remains a bracingly powerful outsider statement decades after it was recorded live at the Catacombs Club in Philadelphia in 1972. Comparisons to Sun Ra, King Tubby, Phil Cohran, and BYG/Actuel merely hint at the cosmic otherness conjured by the band and by recording engineer Mario Falana's real-time "enhancements." The first edition of 300 copies, issued by Jamal in 1973 on the local Philadelphia label Dogtown, was barely distributed outside the city's limits. Since then Drum Dance has assumed a mythic status among the very few aficionados, eBay mutants, and heads who know of it at all. Hallelujah that it can finally be heard outside their murky inner-sanctums!