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✨✧ Bob Downes Open MusicMixed Bag (plus Reqiuem For Faruq Z Bey) ... CD
Openian, 1970s/1980s/2012. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Two albums in one package – both of them featuring excellent work from groundbreaking British reedman Bob Downes! Mixed Bag is nothing like you might expect from its title – because while the set does feature a variety of different sessions from Downes, it's also got a very unified feel – thanks partly to the range of sounds and ideas that Bob expresses in each new tune! The set's easily some of the most compelling work we've ever heard from Downes on record – and features 70s and 80s recordings on a variety of different flutes and woodwinds – some solo, some in the company of other contemporaries, like Ray Russell on guitar and Harry Miller on bass. Most tunes are very open, and quite spiritual in their approach – and titles include "Shriek Out", "Lola", "Jamaican Jump Up", "Borneo Breeze", "Eruption", "The Devil", and "Seashore". CD 2 features a wonderful tribute to departed reedman Faruq Z Bey – written and recorded shortly after Bey's passing in 2012, and featuring Downes playing tenor and a bit of bass flute – on these beautifully poetic solo passages! The piece is relatively short – but it's a great bonus to this package. CD
 
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Griot GalaxyLive At The DIA ... CD
Entropy Stereo, 1983. Used 2CD ... $14.99
Previously unissued material from this hip spiritual jazz collective – a lesser-remembered group from the Detroit scene of the 70s, and one with a feel that's quite similar to work from the Chicago AACM and New York loft jazz scenes! This performance dates from 1983, and the group's still very much at the height of their powers – working through really expressive space with a gentle sort of soul as well – in ways that have a similar sensibility to the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, but with more of a reed-based focus. Players include Faruq Z Bey, Anthony Holland, and David McMurray on saxes – plus Jaribu Shahid on bass and Tani Tabbal on drums and percussion – all working through wonderful long tracks that include "Necrophilia", "Z Series", "After Death", "Fosters", and versions of the Sun Ra tunes "Spectrum" and "Shadow World". CD
 
 
 



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