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Friday, Sep 15 2017 | 21:08
Image: 1612003 IF Music and BBE present You Need This: An Introduction to Black Saint & Soul Note Records (1975 to 1985) Compiled by Jean-Claude.

Side A A1 Don Pullen feat. Sam Rivers - Joycie Girl
A2 Enrico Rava - Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi
Side B
B1 Hamiet Bluiett - Oasis
B2 John Stubblefeld - Confessin'
Side C
C1 Henry Threadgill’s Air - B.K.
C2 Billy Bang Sextet - The Nagual Julian
Side D
D1 M'Boom - Mr Seven
Side E
E1 George Adams & Dannie
Richmond - Joobubie
Side F
F1 Rava String Band - Verde Que EuTe Quero Ver
F2 Archie Shepp - Down Home New York

Following two successful volumes of ‘Journey Into Deep Jazz’ on BBE, proprietor of London’s ‘IF Music’ record store and walking musical encyclopedia Jean-Claude kicks o? a new “Introduction To…” album series with this a?ectionate retrospective of sister labels Black Saint and Soul Note. Cited by some as Italy’s answer to Blue Note, Black Saint and Soul Note have together amassed a catalogue in excess of fve hundred albums between 1975 and 2008. Founded by Giacomo Pellicciotti (producer of Enrico Rava’s seminal “Katcharpari” album), Black Saint scored a home run with it’s very frst release: Billy Harper’s 1975 “Black Saint” LP, the follow-up to his much lauded “Capra Black” album on Strata-East. Following the blueprint laid down by iconic Italian jazz imprint Horo, Black Saint started life catching recording sessions with American artists as they passed through Italy on tour, as well as releasing Stateside recordings. For nearly three years Black Saint released a plethora
of jazz albums by the great and good of the Free-Jazz movement: Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Malachi Favours and Hamiet
Bluiett, to name but a few. At the same time, the label was struggling fnancially and a series of owners came and went in quick-fre succession. In 1978, the
company was fnally bought by Giovanni Bonandrini and his team, who by 1979 had launched a second label, the brilliant Soul Note. As Black Saint had done
previously, the frst release on the ?edgling sister-label had to be another by Billy Harper. The two labels went onto enjoy much critical acclaim during the mid to late
‘80s, winning ‘The Down Beat Jazz Award’ from 1984 through to 1989. Even Sun Ra and his Arkestra got in on the act, his 1989 epic “Hours After” was released on
Black Saint.
A snapshot of Black Saint and Soul Note’s frst ten years, this album presents only the very choicest cuts, lovingly remastered to vinyl. If you’re already a fan of
these labels, you should delight in Jean-Claude’s selections, while if you’ve never come across these jazz jewels from Lombardy / Italy, this compilation will
surely blow you away.

About the series:
A side-bar to Jean Claude’s ‘Deep Jazz’ album series, ‘An Introduction To…’ aims to highlight an artist or, as is the case for this frst volume, a particular label that
might have gone unnoticed by all but the most ardent collectors.

For Fans Of: Mikes Davis, Archie Sheep, Sun Ra, Inner City Records, Strata, Gilles Peterson, Art Blakey Available from 20.10.2017
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