The Cultures of Soul label is always pushing boundaries when it comes to interesting projects. Their last project, The Brasilero Box of Funk and Soul was a feather in their cap of great releases, as they put together major Brazilan funk and soul on 45 in a 7″ box set form for collectors and DJs. It’s to no surprise that their next release, The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983 album and book set sets another high bar. Finding private press jazz is tough enough (well good private press jazz that is). COS have taken it one step further for you. They have put together their home turf, Boston’s, best private press jazz from 1970-183 all in one place, this compilation.
The music on this album is culled from rare private press Jazz LPs that were pressed in small quantities of a few hundred for members of the band and the local jazz community at the time.
With creative forces in the Boston scene such as The Mark Harvey Group, Stanton Davis, Baird Hersey With Dave Leibman, The Phill Musra Group, and more, the tunes range from spoken word to free jazz to funky jazz and beyond. This is the most comprehensive collection of Boston jazz yet, so if you’re a fan of jazz, and interested particularly in regional, private press releases, this is right up your alley. The music, most of which you’ve probably not heard is what we dig, but to accompany the music is an 80 page book with input from Mark Harvey himself (who also helped compile these recordings with Deano Sounds). This will be released in a deluxe double Lp set housed in a Euro-style glossy jacket as well as a cd set. The music and book combo is a sure shot. Available 1/22, stay tuned for more treats from Cultures of Soul.
Hear audio clips of the record here.