Collector’s Guide to Strata-East

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Strata East was the quintessential US independent 70s jazz label “Strata-East Records is an American record company and label specializing in jazz founded in 1971 by Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell with the release of their first recording Music Inc. The label released over 50 albums in … Continue reading

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Shamek Farrah: World Of The Children (1976) Strata East/ Pure Pleasure

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Selection: B3.  Julius (J Gardener) .  .  . Selection: B2. People putting People Through Changes (Farrah) .  .  . Track List  A1. The World Of The Children 9:58A2. Conversation Piece 6:28B1. Milt: A Bass Solo 2:57B2. People Puttin People Through Changes … Continue reading

Charles Tolliver’s Music Inc: Live at Loosdrecht Jazz Festival (1972) Strata East

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Selection: Truth (Tolliver) .  .  . Track List A1. Grand Max (Tolliver) – 11:06A2. Truth – (Tolliver) 10:13B1. Prayer for Peace (Stanley Cowell) – 15:08C1. Our Second Father (Tolliver)  15:57D1. Repetition (Neal Hefti) – 12:37 The track “Our Second Father” … Continue reading

Charles Tolliver Music Inc: Live at Slugs’, Vol 1 (1970) Strata East

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Selection: Felicite (Tolliver) .  .  . Track List Drought (Tolliver) – 9:04 Felicite (McBee) – 8:05 Orientale (Cowell) – 17:32 Artists Charles Tolliver, trumpet; Stanley Cowell, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Jimmy Hopps, drums; recorded “Slugs’ Saloon”, NYC, May 1, 1970, … Continue reading

Harold Vick: Don’t Look Back (1974) Strata East (Re 2018)

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Selection: Lucille .  .  . Artists Harold Vick, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, bass clarinet; Virgil Jones, trumpet, flugelhorn (A1-A3); Kiane Zawadi, euphonium ( A1-A3); Joe Bonner, electric piano, piano, percussion, tuba; George Davis, guitar, flute (A1-B1); Sam Jones, bass … Continue reading

Shirley Scott: One For Me (1974) Universal Sounds (1997) – updated

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UPDATE 12/12/19: Photos added of Shirley Scott and Harold Vick, live, 1975. Selection: Keep On Movin’ On (Vick) .  .  . Artists  Shirley Scott, organ, mellotron; Harold Vick, alto/tenor  saxophone; Billy Higgins, drums; Jimmy Hopps, cowbell; recorded at Blue Rock … Continue reading

George Russell: Ezz-thetics (1961) Riverside UK

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Selection: Nardis (Miles Davis)   .  .  . The instantly identifiable Davis composition given the Russell/ Dolphy treatment Artists Don Ellis, trumpet; Dave Baker, trombone; Eric Dolphy, alto sax, bass clarinet; George Russell, piano; Stephen Swallow, bass; Joe Hunt, drums, … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: Glass Bead Games (1974) Strata East

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Selection: John Coltrane (Lee) .  .  . A two record set deserves a second selection: Eddie Harris (Lee) .  .  . Artists Billy Higgins drums, percussion; Cedar Walton, Stanley Cowell, piano; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Bill Lee, Sam Jones, bass. … Continue reading

Cecil Payne: Zodiac (1968) Strata East ’73

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Selection: Girl You Got A Home (Bill Lee) .   .   . Artists Cecil Payne, baritone, alto saxophone; Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Wynton Kelly, piano, organ; Wilbur Ware, bass; Albert Heath, drums. Recorded December 16, 1968, at Town Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ.  … Continue reading

Sonny Fortune: Long Before Our Mothers Cried (1974) Strata East

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An uncommercial island, Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver’s Strata East Records, stubbornly surrounded by increasingly commercial waters, making music to satisfy its core listening audience rather college boys and the bachelor demographic, who had moved on elsewhere. Venturing further into … Continue reading