Motown Records isn’t a label that most people would affiliate with politics, the anti-war movement, critiques on colonialism and imperialism, the civil rights movement and black nationalism. Sure, Marvin Gaye released What’s Going On, but it wasn’t like Motown was tackling serious issues head on via music. However, between 1970 and 1973 they released albums mainly focusing on spoken word and speeches from luminaries like Stokely Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Martin Luther King Jr. and Amiri Baraka that addressed these topics. These records were released under a Motown subsidiary label called Black Forum Records.
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John Coltrane concert: ‘Live in Germany (1960/1961) and Belgium (1965)‘
The three performances on this DVD show in dramatic relief the most important phases of his career. These newly discovered 1960 performances with the Miles Davis rhythm section find him near the end of his ‘sheets of sound’ period. Coltrane was anxious to form his own group and this final tour with Davis was a favor to the trumpeter. His restlessness shows through in his playing here and elsewhere at the time. It is fascinating to hear him with one of his early idols Stan Getz and his playing seems to challenge Getz to a new level.
Freddie Hubbard, along with Lee Morgan were the two trumpeters that reigned supreme during the early to mid 60s on Blue Note records. Hubbard was Morgan’s replacement in the Jazz Messengers lineup. Albums like “Open Sesame” and “Ready For Freddie” are usually the titles mentioned as his finest early work, but one album that is seldom mentioned is “Here To Stay”. It features Hubbard teaming up with Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Reggie Workman and Philly Joe Jones. The album was recorded in 1962, and Freddie was just 24. It wasn’t released until 1979, which was unfortunate. Continue reading