Boomkat Product Review:
Impeccably presented and absolutely crucial 3x7" collection of foundational Afro-rooted jazz from the legendary Philip Cohran, an original member of Sun Ra's Arkestra and a lauded progressive jazz legend. These three 7"s were privately pressed on Cohran's own Zulu label, bearing that distinctive double X logo, around 1970. They form part of a miniscule clutch of Cohran records next to 'On The Beach' and 'The Malcolm X Memorial' which all emerged as a result of recording sessions with his Artistic Heritage Ensemble, inspired by their residency at the Affro-Arts centre, a hub for poetry, politics, dance and music housed in an old Chicago theatre. It was here that Cohran and his ensemble developed their complex, radical form of progressive jazz, with Philip utilising the potential of his Frankiphone, an adapted thumb piano akin to the likembe which allowed him to perfect a tuning system outside of the regular 12-tone scale, and an agenda to incorporate jazz and gospel with their inherent African heritage. These three 7"s capture the scene vividly, from the meditative spirituality of 'Black Beauty' to the sublime gospel of close associates The Spencer Jackson Family's 'Ain't Nobody Gonna Treat Us Like They Used To Do', or the rolling unity of 'The African Look'. Jazzman have done a sterling job in making these recordings available for wider consumption, providing a privileged insight to one of Jazz music's most precious quantities. **Records come in individual, printed inner sleeves, housed in full colour picture sleeve with in-depth sleeve notes**. A treasure!