Universal Sounds of America

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Universal Sounds of America is one of the early compilations for Great Britain's Soul Jazz label that made a case for a separate imprint that later became Universal Sound. Artists like Pharoah Sanders, drummer Steve Reid and the Master Brotherhood, Byron Morris & Unity Ensemble, David Durrah, New Life Trio, Marcus Belgrave, and last but not least, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra all on the track listing for this set focus, one way or another, on "space being the place." Numerous cuts here employ the word "space" in their titles and one references it directly. Belgrave, Reid, Morris and the Art Ensemble all had titles reissued on the Universal Sound label (and Reid...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Universal Sounds of America is one of the early compilations for Great Britain's Soul Jazz label that made a case for a separate imprint that later became Universal Sound. Artists like Pharoah Sanders, drummer Steve Reid and the Master Brotherhood, Byron Morris & Unity Ensemble, David Durrah, New Life Trio, Marcus Belgrave, and last but not least, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra all on the track listing for this set focus, one way or another, on "space being the place." Numerous cuts here employ the word "space" in their titles and one references it directly. Belgrave, Reid, Morris and the Art Ensemble all had titles reissued on the Universal Sound label (and Reid recorded afresh for Soul Jazz). While the focus here is on the diversity of, to borrow a term from the AEC, "Great Black Music Ancient to the Future," it is deeply rooted in '70s out jazz, with only Belgrave and Morris providing deeper, wider visions. Morris' nearly twelve-and-a-half minute "Kitty Bey" replies on modal jazz and Latin rhythms to get his killer track across. Likewise, Sanders uses an electric piano to position himself in space on the gorgeous "Astral Traveling," and Belgrave take nearly ten with his "Space Odyssey," that reflects on funk, electronic abstraction and Detroit soul-jazz to get his rather elegant point across. The rest is all beautifully played and constructed, but the sheer diversity of the sequencing -- though intentionally constructed in this way -- can be a bit much. Still, there isn't anything here not to recommend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2004
  • Label: Soul Jazz
  • EAN: 5026328000275
  • Catalog Number: 27

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Space II - David Durrah (0:41)
  2. 2 Theme de Yo-Yo (9:01)
  3. 3 Lions of Judah - Steve Reid (5:41)
  4. 4 Astral Travelling (5:47)
  5. 5 Space Odyessey (9:43)
  6. 6 Empty Streets (2:03)
  7. 7 Kitty Bey - Unity (12:24)
  8. 8 Space I - David Durrah (2:06)
  9. 9 Space Is the Place - Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra (21:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ahmed Abdullah Trumpet
Marcus Belgrave Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Lester Bowie Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jay Clayton Vocals
John Gilmore Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Wendell Harrison Percussion, Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Jarman Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cecil McBee Bass, Percussion, finger cymbals
Roscoe Mitchell Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Lonnie Liston Smith Percussion, Piano, Electric Piano, Claves, fender rhodes
Doug Hammond Drums, Melodica, ARP
Byron Morris Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
David Wertman Bass
Marshall Allen Alto Saxophone
Malachi Favors Percussion, Electric Bass
Clifford Jarvis Percussion, Drums, Maracas, Bells
Fontella Bass Piano, Vocals
Russell Branch Percussion
Lorenzo Brown Bongos
Daryl Dybka Synthesizer, Mini Moog
Ahk Tal Ebah Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Judith Holton Vocals
Lex Humphries Percussion
Harold McKinney Electric Piano
Stanley Morgan Percussion
Larry Northington Alto Saxophone
Eloe Omoe Bass Clarinet
Pat Patrick Bass, Baritone Saxophone
Ed Pickens Electric Bass
Sun Ra Organ, Moog Synthesizer
Phil Ranelin Percussion, Trombone
Harry Richards Drums
Joe Rigby Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Brandon Ross Guitar, Vocals
Pharoah Sanders Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bells
Sadiq Abdu Shahid Drums
Billy Turner Percussion, Drums
June Tyson Vocals
Robert Underwood Drums
Les Walker Organ
Tony Waters Percussion, Conga
Michael White Percussion, Violin
Richard Williams Electric Bass
Alzo Wright Drums
Ruth Wright Vocals
Vincent McEwan Percussion, Trumpet
Mike Kull Piano
Milton Suggs Bass
Don Moye Drums
Cheryl Banks Vocals
David Durrah Moog Synthesizer, ARP
Technical Credits
Ahmed Abdullah Composer
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Composer
Marcus Belgrave Composer, Producer
Lonnie Liston Smith Composer
Alton Abraham Producer
Ed Michel Producer
Sun Ra Composer
Brandon Ross Composer
Bill Szymczyk Producer
Bill Stanback Producer
David Durrah Composer
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