"Drummer and composer Pheeroan AkLaff's celebrated 'House of Spirit:Mirth' was originally released in 1979 on the composer Oliver Lake's bespoke private-press label Passin Thru' Inc., a not for profit label 'dedicated to fostering, promoting and advancing the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts'. Consequently 'House of Spirit' remains one of the most elusive deep jazz releases of its time to collectors. Aklaff was an original of the Detroit jazz scene of the early 70s alongside musicians of the Tribe (Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond) and Strata collective (Kenny Cox and Charles Moore) and local luminaries such as Travis Biggs before moving to New York in the mid-1970s to work at the centre of the vibrant Loft/radical jazz scene. Avantgarde beyond a doubt but with an Afro-centric rhythmical intensity hard to find in the myriad of independent free/loft jazz recorded in New York at the time. This bespoke perfect replica reissue comes in a very limited heavyweight vinyl and heavyweight gatefold sleeve edition of 1000 copies worldwide." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2011| UNIVERSAL SOUND | 20.90

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