2. Astral Sprits
First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhee's classic CJR LP from 1973.
Exact repress of the original artwork
This excellent trio recording of blues inflected Out-Jazz From '73 follows up on the hugely successful Nation Time, recorded a year later. Originally issued in '73. McPhee says it was not only a turning point in his music but with the tenor sax as well: "With Trinity, I began to feel more comfortable with the instrument. Not having a bassist also removed me from a normal "Jazz" context, let the music just be what it was ...The larger space provided by the trio gave me more time to explore the instrument, the colours became more clear, the area I wanted to work became more defined." Even for Joe McPhee, Trinity is a far-reaching record, as broad as you can possibly imagine. McPhee delivers animalistic howls, plaintive melodies, and bluesy rambles...the group sound spans from free-range "space" music with vocals to high-intensity energy over kicking drums. Each duo combination is explored at length, winding in and out of trio improvisation. Group improvisations guide this record in a coherent whole, a simple conversation between three strong musicians with strong ideas.
LP limited to 500, made in and shipped from USA.
Also available in the box set of all 4 LPs. The box set features heavy duty wooden box with silk screen back and front, includes bonus silk screen prints, and full artwork covers. All lovingly put together by Alan Sherry.
Box set limited to 100. Click here for pictures.
Joe McPhee: tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet, pocket cornet
Mike Kull: piano and electric piano
Harold E. Smith: percussion