Stanley Cowell : Musa-Ancestral Streams SES-19743 vinyl lp SES-19743

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 Stanley Cowell : Musa-Ancestral Streams

SES-19743

 

Label: Strata-East

Format: 180 gram LP x 1      


Barcode: 5060149623275

 

Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

 

Musa Ancestral Streams remains a relative oddity in the pantheon of jazz's black consciousness movement -- a solo piano set of stunning reach and scope, its adherence to intimacy contrasts sharply with the bold, multi-dimensional sensibilities that signify the vast majority of post-Coltrane excursions into spiritual expression, yet the sheer soulfulness and abandon of Stanley Cowell's performance nevertheless vaults the record into the same physical and metaphysical planes. Cowell's energy and touch are remarkable, as if guided by divine power, and for all the music's structural spaciousness and rhythmic freedom, not a note feels out of place, let alone excessive. Most intriguing is "Travelin' Man," an overdubbed "duet" featuring Cowell on both acoustic and electric piano that underscores his uncommon affinity for space and presence.

                                                                   by Jason Ankeny/AMG

 

Tracklisting

 Side A: 1. Abscretions   5:10

               2. Equipoise         3:44

               3. Prayer For Peace          7:07

               4. Emil Danenberg (From "Illusion Suite")               2:45

 

Side B:  1. Maimoun (From "Illusion Suite")          6:30

              2. Travelin' Man  2:56

              3. Departure No. 1             5:25

              4. Departure No. 2             2:15

              5. Sweet Song     3:05

 

Personnel:

Piano – Stanley Cowell (tracks: A1 to B1, B3 to B5)

Electric Piano, Thumb Piano [African Thumb Piano] – Stanley Cowell (tracks: B2)

 

Produced by Viki McLaughlin & Stanley Cowell

 

Composed & Arranged by Stanley Cowell

 

Recording Engineers John Battiloro, Ron Carran

 

Recorded, mixed, edited at  Minot Studios on 10th & 11th 1973