Bridge into the New Age

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There have been a number of compilations released in the latter years of the 21st century's first decade that concern themselves with the spiritual jazz of the post-Coltrane years: The first really solid one was King Britt's Cosmic Lounge: A Spiritual Quest for Higher Sound, released on Rapster; Nicola Conte's Spiritual Swingers: Deep Afrocentric Modal Jazz from Universal Music Archives; Jazzman's Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal & Deep Jazz from the Underground 1968 to 1977; Soul Brother's African Spirits: A Spiritual Jazz Journey Looking Back to Africa; Universal Japan's Jazz Supreme: Spiritual Love Is Everywhere, and the P-Vine offering Jazz Supreme: Spiritual ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There have been a number of compilations released in the latter years of the 21st century's first decade that concern themselves with the spiritual jazz of the post-Coltrane years: The first really solid one was King Britt's Cosmic Lounge: A Spiritual Quest for Higher Sound, released on Rapster; Nicola Conte's Spiritual Swingers: Deep Afrocentric Modal Jazz from Universal Music Archives; Jazzman's Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal & Deep Jazz from the Underground 1968 to 1977; Soul Brother's African Spirits: A Spiritual Jazz Journey Looking Back to Africa; Universal Japan's Jazz Supreme: Spiritual Love Is Everywhere, and the P-Vine offering Jazz Supreme: Spiritual Waltz-A-Nova. All of them are worthwhile, though there is some obvious overlap. That said, this set, Bridge into the New Age (named for a tune and album title by Azar Lawrence) on BGP is unique even among these offerings. For starters, all of the material comes from the Prestige vaults since all of these artists, including Lawrence, Gary Bartz, Joe Henderson, Bayete (Todd Cochrane), Idris Muhammad, McCoy Tyner, Norman Connors, and Jack DeJohnette all recorded for its affiliated labels at the time. The most unique aspect of this collection, however, is that this set of tunes showcases most effectively where the spirit of Coltrane's investigations met the street that Miles Davis was most interested in addressing from the late '60s on. All of these musicians were deeply influenced by both men, and most played with Miles -- Tyner of course, and Alice Coltrane, who appears with Henderson on one tune reflects Coltrane's influence. This is fusion music alright, but it is jazz fusion, where it met soul and funk yet remained firmly in the jazz camp while making use of other musics to further its margins; this was truly new jazz recorded between 1968 and 1974. Compiled, sequenced, and expertly annotated by Dean Rutland, virtually every track is a stone-killer and creates a gorgeous, thought-provoking, and groove-laden aural investigation of jazz during an oft-overlooked period when creativity and musicianship were not only blossoming, but engaging one another in a brave new way. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667520324
  • Catalog Number: 203
  • Sales rank: 205,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tress-Cun-De-O-La - Joe Henderson (10:38)
  2. 2 Bridge into the New Age - Azar Lawrence (6:39)
  3. 3 Free Angela - Bayete (5:21)
  4. 4 Peace - Idris Muhammad (11:57)
  5. 5 Ebony Queen - McCoy Tyner (8:59)
  6. 6 Brown, Warm and Wintry - Jack DeJohnette (5:06)
  7. 7 Fire - Alice Coltrane (11:07)
  8. 8 Mother of the Future - Norman Connors (6:49)
  9. 9 I've Known Rivers - Gary Bartz Ntu Troop (8:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Bartz Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Hadley Caliman Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass
Stanley Cowell Electric Piano
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Sonny Fortune Soprano Saxophone
Carlos Garnett Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Gomez Bass
Billy Hart Drums
Joe Henderson Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Dave Holland Bass, Electric Bass
Hubert Laws Flute, Alto Flute
Bennie Maupin Flute
Alphonse Mouzon Drums
Woody Shaw Trumpet
Larry Willis Electric Piano, Ring Modulator
Eddie Henderson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Clint Houston Bass
Stafford James Bass, Electric Bass
Azar Lawrence Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jean Carn Vocals
Kenneth Nash Percussion
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Todd Cochran Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
McCoy Tyner Piano
Angel Allende Percussion, Timbales
Kenny Barron Electric Piano
Oscar Brashear Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Buddy Caldwell Conga
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Alice Coltrane Piano, Harmonium, Tamboura
Norman Connors Drums
Skip Drinkwater Percussion
Guilherme Franco Percussion
Elmer Gibson Electric Piano
Calvin Hill Bass
Bobby Hutcherson Vibes
Idris Muhammad Drums, Gong, cowbell
Arthur Jenkins Percussion
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Lawrence Killian Bongos, Conga
Howard King Drums
Dom Um Romão Percussion
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Clarence Thomas Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bells
James Leary III Bass, Electric Bass
Dave Johnson Soprano Saxophone
Hubert Eaves Piano, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Gary Bartz Composer, Producer
Jack DeJohnette Composer
Carlos Garnett Arranger, Composer
Joe Henderson Composer
Azar Lawrence Composer
Todd Cochran Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Skip Drinkwater Producer
Idris Muhammad Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
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