Sunday, May 11, 2008
Time for some Strata East spiritual jazz.
I uploaded this to Ish's "wants" list a few months back, but it's worth a page of its own. The Cosmic Twins are Ron Burton on piano and John Lewis on drums. The combination of Burton's thick chord clusters and running arpeggios with Lewis' tightly tuned tom drums means that the lack of a bass is not really felt. It's a modal spiritual affair, harmonically recalling mid-period Lonnie Liston Smith (but without the rhodes), or the "nice" bits in those long Pharoah Sanders Impulse dates.
I found this years and years ago via a fileshare - it's a 128kb vinyl rip, but surprisingly good quality for that. I forgot to number the tracks, so take a note of the order below.
Cosmic Twins - the waterbearers
Strata East Catalogue #: SES-7410
Drums – John Lewis
Piano – Ron Burton
Engineer Ronald Blau
Producer – the Cosmic Twins
Recorded at Minot Sound Studios Inc., N.Y, 1974
A1 Back To Back / The Waterbearers (6:30)
A2 Lysistrata (6:35)
A3 A Letter To Mom (5:50)
B1 For Don Byas And Ben Webster (6:50)
B2 Fertility Dance / Kente (7:00)
B3 One For O.J. (Simpson) (6:23)