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Artist: SEDITION ENSEMBLE
Title: Regeneration Report
Format: LP
Label: Sol Re Sol
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"It is the late 1970s and recently politicized filmmaker and musician Ed Montgomery makes his way from San Francisco to New York City. His thought is to find like-minded musicians in order to create a politically-infused, free jazz-inspired performance ensemble. He starts playing in Latin groups and takes part in jam sessions at Bobo Shaws LaMama space. He finally assembles a group of musicians and starts making some seriously funky and far-out music. Released on Mongomerys Context Music label, Regeneration Report got some notice, but not what it deserved. The music is a tough blend of funk, jazz, no wave, and Latin - very strong stuff that sounds as fresh today as it did in 1981. It was the lyrics that kept the Sedition Ensemble from a larger audience. Revolutionary words with absolutely no compromise, Montgomery and McCauley attack injustice and give an analysis of the world as stark it is true. Their message is sadly still relevant today. The lazymans description of Sedition Ensemble is this: Take the stripped down funkiness of ESG and combine it with the Last Poets funk militancy, Fela Kutis horn section hipped on free jazz from the 70s New York loft scene, then add a bit of Eddie Palmieri s Harlem River Drive Orchestra. A private pressing when independent labels had weak distribution, Regeneration Report never sold a lot of records. Few copies made it off the East Coast. Nowadays, original copies fetch good money in collectors circles. We at Sol Re Sol Record are proud to reissue this great LP. The vinyl has been remastered by John Golden and is housed in an old style tip-on sleeve and includes liner notes by band founder Ed Montgomery." - Sol Re Sol.

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