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Black Renaissance: Body, Mind and Spirit

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Having already achieved varying degrees of commercial and critical success with Roy Ayers' Ubiquity project and Robert Flack, Harry Whitaker went into the studio to record Black Renaissance: Body, Mind & Spirit, a tone poem reflecting on the state of African American music in the 1970s. Debunking the myth of the record's rarity aside scarcely available for decades until its 2002 reissue by Ubiquity, this album is a map of the African American musical canvas -- a symphony of melding influences as far reaching as Sun Ra's call and responses to the future, John Coltrane's tonal meditations to the holy spirit, and the electronic wizardry of Herbie Hancock's "Raindance" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Having already achieved varying degrees of commercial and critical success with Roy Ayers' Ubiquity project and Robert Flack, Harry Whitaker went into the studio to record Black Renaissance: Body, Mind & Spirit, a tone poem reflecting on the state of African American music in the 1970s. Debunking the myth of the record's rarity aside scarcely available for decades until its 2002 reissue by Ubiquity, this album is a map of the African American musical canvas -- a symphony of melding influences as far reaching as Sun Ra's call and responses to the future, John Coltrane's tonal meditations to the holy spirit, and the electronic wizardry of Herbie Hancock's "Raindance" all nestled together in unison. The strength of this album lies in all these variables and Whitaker's own unique composition sensibilities bringing it all together in a way that's accessible to people unfamiliar with any of the aforementioned artists. Black Renaissance: Body, Mind & Spirit is a haunting echo of progression in a time where innovation was the norm, not the exception.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Luv N Haight
  • UPC: 780661003724
  • Catalog Number: 10037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Renaissance (23:40)
  2. 2 Magic Ritual (15:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Renaissance Primary Artist
Harry Whitaker Indexed Contributor, Piano, Conductor
Mtume Percussion
Billy Hart Percussion, Drums
David Schnitter Tenor Saxophone
Woody Shaw Trumpet
Azar Lawrence Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lani Groves Vocals
Edna Holt Vocals
Howard King Percussion, Drums
Sekou Sundiata Spoken Word
Buster Williams Bass
Earl Bennett Percussion
Fikisha Cumbo Spoken Word
Bobby Andrews Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Joe Ferla Engineer
Yosio Ozawa Executive Producer
Harry Whitaker Arranger, Producer
Gilles Peterson Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Jazz Legend

    I thought I would never find this recording! Jazz legend Harry Whitaker's Black Renaissance finally available commercially - I must have died and gone to heaven!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm Just Wild About Harry

    Finally!!! - no more searching for this rare recording - Harry Whitaker takes the listener on a smooth spiritual journey combining jazz, Afro-centric rhythms and his personal improvistational style that transforms your senses and lets you realize what piano artistry is really all about

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