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SOUL OF A NA­TION: AFRO-CEN­TRIC VI­SIONS…

Q (UK) - - Q Review Reissues - SI­MON McEWEN

SOUL JAZZ, OUT NOW Po­lit­i­cally-charged sound­track to US civil rights era.

Along with the Tate Mod­ern’s Soul Of A Na­tion tie-in art ex­hi­bi­tion, this ex­cel­lent 13- track col­lec­tion of proto-rap and con­scious jazz is a timely Black Power salute to late-’ 60s-’70s African African-Amer­i­can Amer­i­can rad­i­cal­ism. While street-poet fire­brand Gil Scott-Heron kicks off pro­ceed­ings with the im­mor­tal The Rev­o­lu­tion Will Not Be Tele­vised, it’s the lesser-known likes of Phil Ranelin (cos­mic wig-out Vibes From The Tribe sounds like Sun Ra played un­der wa­ter) and Ho­race Tap­scott (the 11- minute proggy flute-athon of Desert Fairy Princess is not long enough) who make this com­pi­la­tion so spe­cial.

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