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Shamek Farrah - First Impressions (Strata-East / Pure Pleasure) LP

Shamek Farrah - First Impressions (Strata-East / Pure Pleasure) LP

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Another two stone cold killer Strata-East deep-Jazz/Spiritual Soul-jazz 70’s masterpieces. Harper’s Capra Black with a vocal choir featuring Eugene McDaniels and Shamek Farrah’s First Impressions, deep Eastern influenced spiritual Jazz at its best.

Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

For a label that wasn't around long, Strata East achieved the same sort of label recognition that Impulse! or Blue Note managed to build. In other words, you knew what you were getting when you bought a record on the label, even if you didn't know the names on the outside of the cover. This is no exception. Who is Shamek Farrah? Who knows? Who cares? It's the music that's important. This is the standard spiritually intense new jazz one learns to expect from the label, soaked in some Eastern influences but always with its ear to the street. Musicians took their roles as leaders and spokesmen very seriously back then. This very adult statement from a group of very serious men is no exception. However, what might be an average, forgettable session is rescued by the propulsive engine of Milton Suggs' bass. He adds the fire and the drive that keeps things interesting and prevents the music from wandering into a circular spiritual morass. For fans of the sound or the label, this can be heartily recommended - Rob Ferrier /AMG

Personnel: Alto Saxophone, Producer – Shamek Farrah
Bass – Milton Suggs
Congas – Calvert "Bo" Satter-White
Drums – Ron Warwell
Percussion – Kenny Harper
Piano – Sonelius Smith
Trumpet – Norman Person

Producer – Janfar Productions
Recorded At – Sound Ideas Studios
Mixed At – Sound Ideas Studios
Engineered by – Geoff Daking and George Klabin

FORMAT: 180 gram LP Pallas vinyl with standard sleeve.

Tracklist:

Side A: 1. Meterologicly Tuned 2. Watch What Happens Now
Side B: 1. Umoja Suite 2. First Impressions

Pure Pleasure / Strata East SES-7412