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Clifford Thornton

Freedom & Unity CD

2008 repress. Beautifully melodic soul jazz sessions from '67, featuring Coltrane Quartet's Jimmy Garrison on bass. Joe McPhee's first appearance on LP, prior to his own quartet's release in 1969. Includes 2 previously unheard/unissued bonus tracks from Joe McPhee's personal archive. Original liner notes by Ornette Coleman & Archie Shepp! "Clifford Thornton should be one of the best-known figures of the free jazz era. That he has lapsed into relative obscurity stands as a testament to the way that the availability of recordings shapes our sense of history. A brass player in a world of saxophonists, he recorded a handful of fantastic records under his own name for BYG, America and JCOA. He was an outspokenly political person in a politically charged atmosphere (in 1970, he was barred entry into France on suspicion of being a Black Panther), and he was an independent record company owner. Third World Records, on which he issued Freedom & Unity and later Communications (1972), was his own label."
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