Saturday, June 23, 2007


BYRON MORRIS & UNITY, "Blow Thru Your Mind"

Reissue of the lost classic independent Jazz record, Byron Morris and Unity's "Blow Thru Your Mind", originally released in the USA in 1974. Unity was formed with similar values, aims and objectives to many other spiritually conscious groups at the time, as the name suggests. Uniquely, it managed to match the musical and spiritual searching of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Coleman alongside an equally experimental New York art-music dimension that was brought into the group by vocalist Jay Clayton, who had performed with, amongst many others, Steve Reich. With bassist Milton Suggs having played in Sun Ra's Arkestra, and Byron Morris having studied with Ornette Coleman and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, it is possible to see the musical path that makes up "Kitty Bey", twelve minutes of musical intensity, that sounds like nothing else ever recorded.

Byron Morris first appeared on Soul Jazz Records earlier "Universal Sounds Of America" compilation along with music by Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Pharoah Sanders and Steve Reid. Originally released on Unity's own EPI label and distributed by hand, this record has remained an underground classic recording for over 25 years.


1 comment:

Curtis said...

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