Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement 1963-82

This album features the work of revolutionary jazz artists who created new radical music infused with the values of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Self-determination, economic power and musical freedoms explode as the avant-garde collided with Black Power and Afro-centricity.

Released to coincide with the new book by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker on Soul Jazz Records, this album is jam-packed with super rare, deep jazz from artists many of which all feature heavily in the new book. The book itself presents an amazing collection of sleeves from the deepest, deepest jazz music ever.

Years before the D-I-Y cultural revolution of punk, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others ‘took control’ of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves.

The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical.

Freedom, Rhythm and Sound is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music. Pick up the audible masterpieces here and grab a copy of the book for the accompanying visual masterpieces.

Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker – Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement 1963-82; Soul Jazz, 2009

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