parlando playlist #43: music inc. - brilliant circles [1971]

Posted on October 25th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Music Inc. was a jazz big band -- a rarity in the '70s -- led by Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell*. On this (eponymous) album there were six cuts; each of them wrote three (Cowell wrote "Brilliant Circles").

Tolliver and Cowell also founded the Strata-East label. At the time Strata-East records were obscure, but now they are relatively famous, at least for jazz collectors. Not only because they are rare, but also because they are (per Wikipedia) "hailed as fine examples of 1970s Post-Bop, Spiritual Jazz, and Afro-Jazz", and (per Strata-East's website), "the Strata-East concept, a first of its kind, has provided the professional vehicle by which many important artist-produced recordings have reached the marketplace." This was the first Strata-East album.
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*The Mosaic label issued Music Inc. as part of a three-CD set called Mosaic Select: Charles Tolliver Big Band in 2011. The original issue, though, was just "Music Inc." on the cover with "Charles Tolliver - Stanley Cowell - Cecil McBee - Jimmy Hopps".

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6 comments.

Luke McGuff

Comment on October 25th, 2013.

Nice!

Scraps

Comment on October 25th, 2013.

Yeah!

Luke McGuff

Comment on October 27th, 2013.

Went looking for more of this on YouTube and found -- nothing! A very rare occurrence.

Scraps

Comment on October 27th, 2013.

Maybe you'll find "Charles Tolliver" or Stanley Cowell? Hmm....

Gavin

Comment on November 6th, 2013.

Very solid. Wouldn't have guessed the 70s if you hadn't said so.

(Administrative note: had to submit this comment twice because the captcha didn't recognize the first word, which pretty clearly was ftmch (yeah, I know that's not a word).)

Scraps

Comment on November 7th, 2013.

Uh-oh...

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