spiritual jazz vol. 4


Jazzman Records return with the fourth instalment in their hugely popular ‘Spiritual Jazz’ series. This time, with volume four, the emphasis is solely on; Americans in Europe. It’s well known that throughout the 20th century, fed up with poor working conditions and racism in their home country, many American jazz musicians chose to leave the US in order to live and work in Europe. What’s less well known is how their music developed and evolved during their time on the continent, and how the experience of being a musician in Europe was to shape their respective lives. Over the years countless jazz concerts, festivals and recordings featuring American jazz musicians have taken place all over Europe, yet it’s remarkable how few of these musical artifacts have been evaluated by the jazz community. Jazzman Records sought to assess the European experiences of the American jazzmen, with a specific focus on the progressive sounds of modal jazz and the avant garde. They examined the recordings made by those who crossed the Atlantic just to take in a short tour, as well as those who made more frequent trips, and of course those for whom Europe ultimately became their permanent place of residence. Available 28th of March at Jazzman Records.

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