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Artist: OHIO PENITENTIARY 511 JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Title: Hard Luck Soul
Format: CD
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"If musical accomplishment is anything to go by, the members of the Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble would immediately be given their pardon. Their privately-pressed LP from 1971 is a legend in obscurity, and a master class in what can be achieved in the most trying of circumstances. The 511 Jazz Ensemble was made up entirely of serving prisoners in the Ohio State Penitentiary. It was founded in 1971 to give those prisoners with musical aptitude an opportunity to be productive and creative. Band leader Reynard Birtha was originally from North Carolina, where he played in a band called The Outer Limits before getting into a scrape with the law and being incarcerated by the local sheriffs office. During a stint on a southern-style road gang, he escaped and ended up in Cincinnati, and through a mutual passion for music, he met fellow musician Logan Rollins, nephew of jazz legend Sonny Rollins. They became friends and jammed at local clubs before both ended up in the State penitentiary, for reasons not entirely clear. At the time it was customary for musicians to visit the prison and give concerts, especially during the Christmas period. Reynard remembers renowned musicians such as Art Blakey and Kai Winding giving recitals at the prison. These visits were not only a source of entertainment for the prisoners, but they were also a source of inspiration for musicians like Reynard. He and Logan formed the 511 Jazz Ensemble, incorporating the remnants of the prison Pit Band. Reynard recalls that "the number 511 was the P.O. box address of the prison, and we would perform in the yard during every holiday, while the prisoners marched around and got their food." Both Reynard and Logan had been to music conservatory and could read, write and arrange music as well as play in any musical key, unlike most of the rest of the band, which gave rise to difficulties in keeping the project going. However, with their enthusiasm and perseverance came success, when the visiting Ohio State University Band were so impressed after jamming with the inmates that they returned to make a record. Funding was put forward by a wealthy club owner and his conglomerates from Columbus, microphones and studio equipment were brought in from the outside and the recordings were made in the auditorium of the prison chapel. Unfortunately, as far as the business side of things was concerned, Reynard admits he was "green" and didnt receive any payment for his efforts. In fact, to this day he has not even seen, let alone owned, a copy of the LP, the album which contains his sole recorded output. "All I knew what to do was how to read, write and play music." The Hard Luck Soul LP was the bands only recording, and the group disbanded after the release of Logan and Rollins. The music on the album comprises of four long tracks, each allowing the soloists to express themselves without restriction. Free of chains at the time the music was made, the result is a unique, compelling insight into the freedom that jazz can afford, giving a sense of hope and liberty to free and incarcerated men alike." - Jazzman.

Artist: OHIO PENITENTIARY 511 JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Title: Hard Luck Soul
Format: LP
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
Numbered, limited edition of 1000 copies. "If musical accomplishment is anything to go by, the members of the Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble would immediately be given their pardon. Their privately-pressed LP from 1971 is a legend in obscurity, and a master class in what can be achieved in the most trying of circumstances. The 511 Jazz Ensemble was made up entirely of serving prisoners in the Ohio State Penitentiary. It was founded in 1971 to give those prisoners with musical aptitude an opportunity to be productive and creative. Band leader Reynard Birtha was originally from North Carolina, where he played in a band called The Outer Limits before getting into a scrape with the law and being incarcerated by the local sheriffs office. During a stint on a southern-style road gang, he escaped and ended up in Cincinnati, and through a mutual passion for music, he met fellow musician Logan Rollins, nephew of jazz legend Sonny Rollins. They became friends and jammed at local clubs before both ended up in the State penitentiary, for reasons not entirely clear. At the time it was customary for musicians to visit the prison and give concerts, especially during the Christmas period. Reynard remembers renowned musicians such as Art Blakey and Kai Winding giving recitals at the prison. These visits were not only a source of entertainment for the prisoners, but they were also a source of inspiration for musicians like Reynard. He and Logan formed the 511 Jazz Ensemble, incorporating the remnants of the prison Pit Band. Reynard recalls that "the number 511 was the P.O. box address of the prison, and we would perform in the yard during every holiday, while the prisoners marched around and got their food." Both Reynard and Logan had been to music conservatory and could read, write and arrange music as well as play in any musical key, unlike most of the rest of the band, which gave rise to difficulties in keeping the project going. However, with their enthusiasm and perseverance came success, when the visiting Ohio State University Band were so impressed after jamming with the inmates that they returned to make a record. Funding was put forward by a wealthy club owner and his conglomerates from Columbus, microphones and studio equipment were brought in from the outside and the recordings were made in the auditorium of the prison chapel. Unfortunately, as far as the business side of things was concerned, Reynard admits he was "green" and didnt receive any payment for his efforts. In fact, to this day he has not even seen, let alone owned, a copy of the LP, the album which contains his sole recorded output. "All I knew what to do was how to read, write and play music." The Hard Luck Soul LP was the bands only recording, and the group disbanded after the release of Logan and Rollins. The music on the album comprises of four long tracks, each allowing the soloists to express themselves without restriction. Free of chains at the time the music was made, the result is a unique, compelling insight into the freedom that jazz can afford, giving a sense of hope and liberty to free and incarcerated men alike." - Jazzman.

Artist: RAGAB, SALAH
Title: Unreleased Egyptian Jazz
Format: Double 7"
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $31.00
"The name Salah Ragab was best known to jazz fans and record collectors by way of another LP that was recorded with Sun Ra in the early 70s. His album Prism Music Unit with the Cairo Jazz Band was released in Egypt with another by the Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble, but perhaps only Salah himself knew of the other songs he had recorded at the time that didnt make it onto these LPs. Entombed within a hand-printed, hand-made pyramid-shaped box, this is the first time in 40 years that these recordings have come to light." -Jazzman.

Artist: SIGN OF FOUR, THE
Title: Hammer, Anvil & Stirrup
Format: Double 10"
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
"Oscillating and reverberating chaotically through sonic orbs and polyphonic sound textures, The Sign Of Four is a new creative concept from the Natural Yogurt Bands Miles Newbold. Hammer, Anvil & Stirrup is the debut album from The Sign Of Four on Jazzman Records and is spread exquisitely across 2x10" LPs in hand-printed sleeves and a digipack CD. Recorded live at Chicken Shack studios in Nottingham, real musical instruments are used to create a swirling jungle of throbbing palpitations, evoking the spaced-out vibes of an unsound mind. Its an infectious fermentation of debauched instrumental chaos, sometimes calming, but often unnerving, that will leave the listener bewildered, wide-eyed and gasping for more. Housed in a hand-printed sleeve." -Jazzman.

Artist: SUN RA
Title: The Shadows Cast By Tomorrow
Format: 3 x 7"
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $30.00
"Boldly going where no other label has gone before, Jazzman sets a course for deep space with The Shadows Cast By Tomorrow, the first collection ever to reissue Sun Ras 7" singles in their original format. Jazzman has selected six otherworldly songs from Sun Ras back catalog of incredibly rare singles. Originally issued in tiny runs of as few as 50 copies on his own Saturn label, these 45s were often hand-distributed by Ra and his legendary Arkestra, meaning that only the most seasoned collectors have ever laid hands on an original Saturn 45. This set of 3 x 45rpm singles pressed onto luminous, glow-in-the-dark vinyl and packaged in a unique, custom-made triple gatefold screen-printed sleeve, contains a cross-section of Sun Ras visionary space-jazz that stretches from the 1950s to the 1970s. Featuring the mystical doo-wop of the Cosmic Rays "Dreaming"; wild man Yochannans RnB solar flare "The Sun Man Speaks"; the intense Moog-rock of "The Perfect Man" and mega-rare versions of classic Ra rockers "Love In Outer Space," "Rocket No. 9" and "Enlightenment," The Shadows Cast By Tomorrow is an overdue message to Earth straight from Saturn, delivered to you direct by Jazzman Records." - Jazzman.
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Artist: SUN RA
Title: The World Is Not My Home
Format: 3x7"
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $43.00
"Following the unparalleled success of Jazzmans previous Sun Ra triple pack, The Shadows Cast by Tomorrow (JM 073EP), which sold out worldwide within 24 hours of release, here is the second and final installment of the labels foray into the intriguing, beguiling and mythical world of the Sun Ra 45. The triple 45 set includes 6 sides of Sun Ra in his various incarnations spanning three decades: "A Foggy Day," "Mayan Temple," "October," "Blues On Planet Mars," "Disco 2100" and "Sky Blues (Live)." 3x7" 45rpm set housed in a triple gatefold with a custom-made, hand-printed sleeve. Limited, hand-numbered edition of 1-999. Pressed on clear vinyl with a glow-in-the-dark 7" slipmat." -Jazzman
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Artist: V/A
Title: Spiritual Jazz 2: Europe
Format: Double LP
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"Deluxe gatefold double LP version with color inserts and on 180 gram vinyl. As the 60s progressed, cultural and political revolutions occurred both in the U.S. and in Europe. Jazz was both a victim and a savior, with radical developments in the music occurring on both continents. In the U.S., artists took control of their own musical destiny as small labels broke away from the mainstream, expressing new and creative visions of freedom and peace against a backdrop of civil unrest, repression and war. In 60s Europe, the jazz community forged ahead with a different revolution; that of breaking away from mere emulation of their American counterparts. A distinctive, European jazz sound began to develop that combined traditional music from across Europe and around the world with the creative freedom so abundant in American jazz. Over time, the most forward-thinking creative talents of the post-Coltrane European jazz generation crafted and nurtured sophisticated and multi-faceted styles of jazz that were as radical as they were beautiful, giving modern jazz a characteristically European flavor. The music is a heady mix indeed; stirring jazz overtures with orchestra and choir, festival performances recorded live from the grassy heartlands of central Europe, modal montages inspired by pilgrimages to Asia and Africa, experiments in rhythm and sound where modern jazz meets traditional Balkan and flamenco folk music. This is spiritual jazz, European-style. All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored from the original master tapes." -Jazzman.
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Artist: V/A
Title: Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam
Format: Double LP
Label: Jazzman
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Gatefold sleeve. Esoteric, modal, and progressive jazz, inspired by Islam and recorded between 1957-1988. Songs ancient and divine - the seventh volume of Jazzman Records acclaimed Spiritual Jazz series examines the influence and impact of Islam on four decades of jazz innovation. Through Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, the civil rights era in America saw African American liberation politics famously associated with Islamic belief. This was not the first time that radical developments in African American cultural life had been widely and famously associated with Islam - that distinction belongs not to political or sporting giants, but to the progressive jazz musicians of the bebop generation. Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Sahib Shihab, Gigi Gryce, Idrees Sulieman, Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef; all these legendary jazz pioneers - and countless more - were early converts to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam. Their faith profoundly influenced the music that they made, and the presence of prominent and innovative Muslim musicians at the heart of jazz culture in America has been recognized ever since. The tracks on this collection follow the story of Islam and jazz from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recorded by Muslim jazz musicians, they often draw specifically on Middle Eastern or Islamic music, dream of an esoteric or spiritual Afro-East, or invoke the landscape and sound worlds of Islamic Africa. Spiritual Jazz 7 presents a selection of visionary music - inspired by faith, powered by jazz. Many tracks never before reissued. Features: Maurice McIntyre, Kahil ElZabars Ritual Trio with Malachi Favors & Ari Brown, Pharoah Sanders, Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim, Creative Arts Ensemble, East New York Ensemble De Music, Idrees Sulieman, Jamila Sulieman, Yusef Lateef, Sabu Martinez & Sahib Shihab, Abdelrahman Abdo Elkhatib, Solar Plexus, The Lightmen Plus One, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and Dawan Muhammad. Double LP version comes in gatefold a sleeve with extensive liner notes and pictures." - Jazzman.

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