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Maulawi - Orotunds
Maulawi
Orotunds
2LP | 2014 | US | Original (Strata Records Inc. / 180 Proof)
31,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Regular Black vinyl version, foil numbered on the back!
Ron English - Fish Feet Black Vinyl Edition
Ron English
Fish Feet Black Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Strata Records Inc. / 180 Proof)
34,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fish Feet is guitarist Ron English’s only date as a leader, which is remarkable for a career spanning more than 50 years—a career that has placed him in the company of legends of rock and R&B. From garage rock roots as a founding member of the Woolies, to tours backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Mary Wilson, English has enjoyed a storied life in music, effortlessly moving between genres with chameleon-like malleability.Jazz, however, is where English found his calling with 1970s work on Detroit’s Tribe and Strata labels that blended styles such as funk, be-bop, post be-bop and the freedom sound of the jazz avant-garde. It was a period of great “self-determination” he says, due to both labels’ reliance on artist autonomy and a do-it-yourself ethic that ensured if great effort was applied to any endeavor, the output would match. Fish Feet was such an effort.Recorded with a small ensemble of Strata brethren including Kenny Cox, Lyman Woodard, Larry Nozero and co-producer Charles Moore, English describes Fish Feet as something of a concept album—a romantic fantasy about longing for love. The Thom Bell and Linda Creed composition, “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” is a wonderful piece coming out of the R&B world and evidence of English’s broad taste, balanced by the group’s mutual love of the emotional weight of the music of Charles Mingus. Then there was the funk, which George Clinton and the Ohio Players were doing at neighboring Westbound Records.“Funk was in the air, and we did have to have a little bit of funk with what we were doing,” English says. “That’s what Fish Feet was about.”English penned all of the album’s original compositions, such as the lilting “Meadowlark” and the bluesy funk of the title track, and recruited a stellar horn section that included Nozero, Phil Ranelin, Norma Jean Bell and Marcus Belgrave. Nozero’s work on “Bees” and “Yet And Still” are among the highlights of the album, along with Bell’s solo on “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” English’s own unaccompanied acoustic playing on the Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford standard “I Surrender Dear” provides an exquisite close to a long-unreleased jewel of an album, and a piece that is an example of why the Strata canon is an essential entry in the story of Detroit music.“We tried to hit all aspects,” English says. “That’s why the label was called Strata, “because it was operating on several different Strata—several different layers.”As he reflects on recording the album, English is sad that many of his collaborators have died, unable to witness the fruits of their labor. Cox, Nozero and Woodard have passed on, “and I just hate that,” he says. Also gone is co-producer Moore, of whom English speaks highly.“Charles Moore had a wonderfully astute and gifted musical mind, and he understood what to do and how to make things work,” he says. “It was just a joy to work with him and to put this together with a good friend and musical brother.”English credits Cox and Moore with being the brain trust behind Strata, and is grateful that Fish Feet, which also features the cover art of Overton Lloyd, is a part of their legacy as well. “This is really good work,” he says. “Looking back, I’m kind of proud of what we did there.”
Larry Nozero - Time Black Vinyl Edition
Larry Nozero
Time Black Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2013 | US | Reissue (Strata Records Inc. / 180 Proof)
29,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following on the heels of Kenny Cox’s previously unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, 180 Proof Records continues to bring new life to the Strata Inc. Catalog with Larry Nozero’s 1975 passion project, Time.
Contemporary Jazz Quintet, The - Location
Contemporary Jazz Quintet, The
Location
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Strata Records Inc. / 180 Proof)
21,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
“The Contemporary Jazz Quintet, or CJQ, can be seen as the cornerstone of the entire Strata enterprise. Led by Kenny Cox, the Quintet featured saxophonist Leon Henderson (brother of saxophone legend Joe Henderson), future Strata mainstays Charles Moore and bassist Ron Brooks, and drummer Danny Spencer. In the late ’60s, the CJQ cut two records in quick succession for Blue Note, Introducing Kenny Cox and Multidirection, both triumphs for Detroit’s progressive jazz community. But these records were not necessarily triumphs for Blue Note, the label growing nervous about the group’s growing disregard for musical boundaries. “I’ve always surmised that Strata grew out of the CJQ’s disappointing experience with Blue Note Records and the general hopelessness of the surviving jazz scene,” reflects John Sinclair. These sentiments initiated a new era for the CJQ. They went on to release their own records, and even break the logistical shackles of the Quintet, featuring nine players on their Strata Records debut, Location. In order for the CJQ to be successful, Detroit needed an infrastructure that could sustain and support an experimental jazz scene. “They needed a place [to play], because what they were doing—original music—was a little esoteric for a mainstream audience at that time,” says Sinclair. As a result, they established their first cooperative space in 1970—a gallery/coffee shop on Michigan Avenue—where people of all ages could come and see a rising crop of local musicians, as well as national jazz visionaries like Archie Shepp.” - Amir Abdullah 2018
Larry Nozero - Time
Larry Nozero
Time
CD | 2013 | US | Original (Strata Records Inc. / 180 Proof)
14,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following on the heels of Kenny Cox’s previously unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, 180 Proof Records continues to bring new life to the Strata Inc. Catalog with Larry Nozero’s 1975 passion project, Time.
Kenny Cox - Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
Kenny Cox
Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
CD | 2012 | US | Original (Strata Records Inc. / 180 Proof)
14,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Born 1974, Strata Records Inc. was well known in Detroit for their art gallery, live music venue and record label, turning out records by artists like Kenny Cox and Lyman Woodard. In 2012, nearly 4 decades later, Scion commissioned DJ Amir Abdullah to research and create an exhibit based on lost youth culture in Detroit for a new online museum. Familiar with the history of Strata Inc., Amir decided the best way to define the era was through the lens of the labels brief but potent influence on the city’s culture. Inspired by this project, Amir set out to re-introduce the world to Strata Inc. through his own label, 180 Proof Records.The Lyman Woodard Organization’s Saturday Night Special (1975) is perhaps the jewel of the label, but the LP that was to follow - Cox’s unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, is at the same time radical and sublime. It’s a visionary work, inspired by both the innocence and zeal of his 3-year-old son, Philip, and also the culture of Latin America and Caribbean lands Cox admits in the album’s original liner notes that, “oddly enough...I’ve never seen.”The title track, “Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise” is a frolicking bossa groove awash in the gentle sound of waves one can imagine lapping against the shores of Brazil’s Praia da Fazenda, or perhaps the Taipus de Fora. “Samba de Romance” teems with the mischievous tones of two lovers playing not cat and mouse, but cat and cat (!), until the chase ends in a passionate nighttime rendezvous in sultry island air.The pulsating bounce of “Island Song,” with its mood set by Moore’s vibrant flugelhorn and the percussion of Ronald Johnson and Nengue Hernandez, is just about everything one would imagine an island song to be, while “Lost My Love” is really “Feel Like Making Love” in delicious disguise and the album’s close, “Beyond The Dream,” is a 13-minute enlivening, reflective odyssey on everything one has lived, and all that remains to be achieved.This previously unreleased masterpiece by Kenny Cox has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters.
Ron English - Fish Feet Gold Vinyl Edition
Ron English
Fish Feet Gold Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Strata Records Inc. / 180 Proof)
44,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fish Feet is guitarist Ron English’s only date as a leader, which is remarkable for a career spanning more than 50 years—a career that has placed him in the company of legends of rock and R&B. From garage rock roots as a founding member of the Woolies, to tours backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Mary Wilson, English has enjoyed a storied life in music, effortlessly moving between genres with chameleon-like malleability.Jazz, however, is where English found his calling with 1970s work on Detroit’s Tribe and Strata labels that blended styles such as funk, be-bop, post be-bop and the freedom sound of the jazz avant-garde. It was a period of great “self-determination” he says, due to both labels’ reliance on artist autonomy and a do-it-yourself ethic that ensured if great effort was applied to any endeavor, the output would match. Fish Feet was such an effort.Recorded with a small ensemble of Strata brethren including Kenny Cox, Lyman Woodard, Larry Nozero and co-producer Charles Moore, English describes Fish Feet as something of a concept album—a romantic fantasy about longing for love. The Thom Bell and Linda Creed composition, “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” is a wonderful piece coming out of the R&B world and evidence of English’s broad taste, balanced by the group’s mutual love of the emotional weight of the music of Charles Mingus. Then there was the funk, which George Clinton and the Ohio Players were doing at neighboring Westbound Records.“Funk was in the air, and we did have to have a little bit of funk with what we were doing,” English says. “That’s what Fish Feet was about.”English penned all of the album’s original compositions, such as the lilting “Meadowlark” and the bluesy funk of the title track, and recruited a stellar horn section that included Nozero, Phil Ranelin, Norma Jean Bell and Marcus Belgrave. Nozero’s work on “Bees” and “Yet And Still” are among the highlights of the album, along with Bell’s solo on “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” English’s own unaccompanied acoustic playing on the Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford standard “I Surrender Dear” provides an exquisite close to a long-unreleased jewel of an album, and a piece that is an example of why the Strata canon is an essential entry in the story of Detroit music.“We tried to hit all aspects,” English says. “That’s why the label was called Strata, “because it was operating on several different Strata—several different layers.”As he reflects on recording the album, English is sad that many of his collaborators have died, unable to witness the fruits of their labor. Cox, Nozero and Woodard have passed on, “and I just hate that,” he says. Also gone is co-producer Moore, of whom English speaks highly.“Charles Moore had a wonderfully astute and gifted musical mind, and he understood what to do and how to make things work,” he says. “It was just a joy to work with him and to put this together with a good friend and musical brother.”English credits Cox and Moore with being the brain trust behind Strata, and is grateful that Fish Feet, which also features the cover art of Overton Lloyd, is a part of their legacy as well. “This is really good work,” he says. “Looking back, I’m kind of proud of what we did there.”
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