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    'Spiritual' jazz recommendations

    Also known as 'cosmic' jazz.

    We all know the big names: John (later) and Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Sonny Sharrock, Don Cherry, Lonnie Liston Smith, Pharoah Sanders, Charlie Haden, Albert Heath, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Kamasi Washington. Hell, I guess even some Christian Vander qualifies.

    Lay some of your lesser known recommendations on me. Contemporary or from the past.
    And if there were a god, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence - Russell

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    You might try Michael White - Land of Spirit and Light

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    And Bennie Maupin - The Jewel in the Lotus

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    Does Kamasi Washington qualify? I think he's great.

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    Shabaka & the Ancestors !


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    Julian Priester - Love, Love
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    Julian Priester - Love, Love
    Oh, good choice! I forgot all about that one. And it's an ECM release too!

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    Here are some off the top of my head.

    Jothan Callins - Winds Of Change
    Mtume Umoja Ensemble ‎– Alkebu-Lan - Land Of The Blacks
    Mtume - Rebirth Cycle
    Linda Hill - Lullabye For Linda
    Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - Live At I.U.C.C.
    Adele Sebastian - Desert Fairy Princess
    Creative Arts Ensemble - One Step Out
    Dadisi Komalafi - Hassan's Walk
    Nate Morgan - Journey Into Nigrita
    The Heath Brothers - Marchin' On
    Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games
    Shamek Farrah - First Impressions
    Brother Ahh - Sound Awareness
    Ju Ju - A Message From Mozambique
    Ju Ju - Chapter Two: Nia
    Oneness Of Ju Ju - African Rhythms
    Milton Marsh - Monism
    The Descendents Of Mike And Phoebe - A Spirit Speaks
    Heikki Sarmanto - New Hope Jazz Mass
    Ethnic Heritage Ensemble - Be Known/Ancient/Future/Music
    Collocutor - Search
    Sarathy Korwar - My East Is Your West
    Matthew Halsall - Fletcher Moss Park
    Matthew Halsall & Gondwana Orchestra - When The World Was One
    Nat Birchall - Sacred Dimension
    Nat Birchall - Live At Larissa


    Hundreds more...
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    Keep them coming!

    Some good recommendations so far. Some I've heard of, many I haven't.

    I will be doing a lot of searching tonight.
    And if there were a god, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence - Russell

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    When I saw the thread title, several sprang to mind. All of them were mentioned in the original post.

    A different kind of spiritual jazz could be represented by albums like Mingus - Ah Um and Cannonball Adderley - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

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    Check out Black Jazz Records label:

    The Awakening - Hear, Sense and Feel, and Mirage
    Doug Carn- Revelation, Infant Eyes

    ECM reissue Leo Smith - Divine Love

    Sonny Simmons - Burning Spirits

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    Search for an earlier thread entitled, iirc, “Amorphous Jazz.”

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    Alice Coltrane. She should top the list.

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    Ummm. Does the Mahavishnu Orchestra count, or is that too rock-ified?
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    Rypdal - Odyssey

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    Eddie Henderson - Inside Out & Realization
    Les McCann - Invitation to Openness
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    Alice Coltrane. She should top the list.
    Does Kamasi Washington qualify?
    Both mentioned in my OP.


    Does the Mahavishnu Orchestra count, or is that too rock-ified?
    I can see why some might consider them in the genre, and maybe they do fit, but they are not what I think of when I think of spiritual jazz. Spiritual jazz has more connection with free jazz and avant garde jazz, that MO is missing.

    So far, I am liking:

    Bennie Maupin - The Jewel in the Lotus
    Julian Priester - Love, Love
    Jothan Callins
    Nat Birchall
    Dadisi Komalafi - Hassan's Walk
    Matthew Halsall & Gondwana Orchestra - When The World Was One

    And a few others.
    And if there were a god, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence - Russell

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon moon View Post
    Both mentioned in my OP.
    Oops! How did I not see that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wideopenears View Post
    That's really not anymore. The Kozmigroov list hasn't been updated in many years - but its one hell of a start. What the OP is asking about is spiritual jazz which is just one aspect of kosmigroov - really a subset. Spiritual jazz is more acoustic based (though not exclusively). It has roots in free/avant garde/exploratory jazz. A lot of kosmigroov music touches on electric jazz/fusion and really has nothing to do with spiritual jazz. Examples: Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi trilogy is electric/acoustic and is clearly spiritual in nature. Jan Hammer's The First Seven Days doesn't fit the criteria. All are on Doug Watson's original list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helicase View Post
    All of those Spiritual Jazz compilations are excellent!
    no tunes, no dynamics, no nosebone

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