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Funky Donkey Vols. 1 & 2
is an ultra-rare document from the Black Artists Group (BAG) archives, led by alto saxophonist Luther Thomas, with a full force free-funk ensemble. UMS Producer John Corbett & Mr. Thomas have also unearthed a second volume of unadulterated Donkey Funk (featuring a long piece written by saxophonist Oliver Lake), which was recorded at same performance, prepared for release but never issued. Finally, almost three decades later, it's available for the first time. These great recordings featuring the Bowie brothers: late-great Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter Lester Bowie, and Defunkt-founder/trombonist Joseph Bowie, as well as reed player J.D. Parran (fresh from recording with The Band!) and versatile drummer Charles 'Bobo' Shaw. Out of print for twenty years,
delivers massive mid-70s creative sounds; Great Black Music, St. Louis style."
Banana: The Lost Session
"Two master tapes from an unreleased session were discovered during the remastering of Funky Donkey, the 1973 Human Arts Ensemble record reissued by Unheard Music Series. These recordings had been mislabeled and looked almost identical to the Funky Donkey tapes, but in fact they turned out to be a lost session from roughly the same time. The group?s personnel was subsequently identified by Luther Thomas: Thomas- alto saxophone, piano, slide whistle, finger chimes; James Marshall- alto, tenor & soprano saxophones, flutes, small instruments; Abdullah Yakub- alto horn, small instruments; Carol Marshall- voice, accordion, small instruments; Charles Bobo Shaw- drums. Clearly intended for release as an LP, perhaps , the tapes included verbally slated track titles. The entire session is presented here, including an outtake of one track."
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