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Paris Smith/New Composers Ensemble53rd St Ghost (includes download) ... LP
Oracle/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A killer batch of modern spiritual soul jazz – with a classic sound that reminds us a lot of the 70s work on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The New Composers Ensemble is led by vibist Paris Smith, an underground Chicago jazz artist who cut a few very enigmatic albums on his own – and he's working here with a group that includes guitar, piano, percussion, and bass. All the tracks on the album are originals written by the players on the record – and most of them are strong modal grooves, with a spiraling, soaring sound that's filled with joy and life, but also a hint of darkness. The interplay of the instruments is unlike anything we've heard elsewhere, and it's the kind of underground treasure that you'd die to find on a rare 70s album – somehow even cooler that it's cut by an obscure group who are working in our generation! A few tracks have a vocalist that's a bit off-beat – and she also reminds us of some of the more spiritual contraltos that would show up on the Strata sets from the 70s – but her contribution to the record also kind of grows on you nicely after a while. Titles include "Tommy Tones", "Sonny's Song", "Lilith Came", "Introspection", "Psalm 37", and "53rd Street Ghost", dedicated to the street in Chicago where Dusty Groove was born! First-ever vinyl pressing too – the album was only originally on CD. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – with download!)

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✨✧ Paris Smith QuintetThought Seeds (includes download) ... LP
Oracle/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A very beautiful, very off-kilter record from Chicago vibesman Paris Smith – with a groove that's unlike anything else we can think of! The record's one of a few issued on Smith's own label – and it's a haunting set of original compositions that merge modal and soul jazz conceptions, into a spiritually-touched groove that ranks with the best of the 70s soul jazz underground! Yet the whole thing is also unlike so many others from this generation – with maybe more of a current of darkness that comes through in unusual ways – and a style that's very much Paris Smith's own, and which has made the record a real treasure over the years. Smith himself plays vibes, in this sharp-edged way – alongside sax from Jimmy Ellis – and the lovely Carol Sawall sings on a few tracks – giving the record a strangely moody finish. Titles include "Owlman", "Catman", "Psalm 37", and "Lilith Came". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – with download!)

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