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Soul Of A Na­tion

Soul Jazz

What was hap­pen­ing on Amer­i­can streets in the late 1960s hugely in­flu­enced the mu­sic which came from those same streets. Re­leased to co­in­cide with the Soul Of A Na­tion art ex­hi­bi­tion at the Tate Mod­ern in Lon­don, this com­pi­la­tion tells the story of an age when black mu­si­cians be­gan to doc­u­ment what was hap­pen­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties and sketches some of the roots of the hip-hop rev­o­lu­tion to come. The ac­tivism and protests fol­low­ing the as­sas­si­na­tions of Mal­colm X and Martin Luther King fired up the mu­si­cal imag­i­na­tion of such acts as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ay­ers, the re­cently de­ceased Philip Cohran and many more. They were to cre­ate a mighty sound, blend­ing spir­i­tual jazz, ur­ban po­etry, dance­floor funk and Afro­cen­tric lean­ings. A rad­i­cal and hugely rec­om­mended sound­track of a time when the streets were truly alight. soul­jaz­zrecords.co.uk

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