Boomkat Product Review:
Jazzman capitalise on the resurgence of interest around progressive and spiritual forms of jazz in recent years with this celebration of three lesser known, but important figures: James Spaulding, Lightmen Plus One, and James Tatum, split over 6 tracks and housed in a special double gatefold sleeve. This music defines the real undercurrent of 60s/70s jazz music, previously heard on their excellent 'Spiritual Jazz' LP collection, but presented here on the under-represented jazz 45 format. This is cerebral music from the soul with progressive and conscious intentions, colourful expressions of musicianship, culture and heritage which were largely ignored by the mainstream. The prolific jazz flautist and saxophonist, James Spaulding, occupies the first disc in a rare instance at the head of the band, contributing florid lines over deeply Afro-rooted drumming on 'Uhuru Sasa', or melding with wheeling electric guitar and heavily funky polyrhythms in 'Give It Up'. Texan troupe The Lightmen take up the torch, playing the beautifully blue and mellow spiritual grooves of 'Ashie and the funkier 'Luke', followed by the best of the trio from James Tatum. His tender, devotional keys create an sublime ambiance and mood rooted in church music and innately connecting jazz and spirituality. Another prime pick from the deep digging dudes at Jazzman. Gorgeous.