Soul Jazz Records are publishing a new 200-page deluxe hardback book, Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker out today! Buy the book here at a limited discounted price.
There is also a double CD and 2 x LP album released to coincide with this book released on Nov 2, 2009. You can pre-order this or get more info HERE now.
This is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic.
Years before the D-I-Y cultural revolution of punk, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others ‘took control’ of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves.
The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical.
‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music.
‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ includes a large introduction contextualising the music and artwork as well as features on many of the people involved. Alongside the musicians mentioned above these include Rashied Ali, Steve Reid, Mary Lou Williams, Horace Tapscott, Lloyd McNeil, Tribe, The Last Poets, The Pharoahs, Philip Cohran, Black Artists Group and many others.
The CD released to coincide with the book features many of the artists – Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Archie Shepp and more.
Gilles Peterson puts the music to the sleeves on a recent podcast that you can download here.