15 June 2014


Private press rarity scheduled for a limited 250 vinyl reissue from seriE:WOC on July 7th.Very highly recommended.Don't sleep on this one...

Coalition’s single self-produced album, recorded for the private Kenya Records in 1978, presents as many questions as it does offer musical surprises. Not much is known about this groups who were a part of the late 70s Philadelphia jazz-soul scene. The music captured for the LP spans a broad range of styles, ranging from an intense fusion work-out (the album opener, ‘Marionette’), a mellow Terry Callier-esque style ballad (‘Thinking of You’), abstract tonal impressionism (‘Song to my Lady’), Afrocentric Strata East spiritual style jazz (‘Kenya’s Horizon’) and tough blowing hard-bop (‘The Downer’). In some senses, there’s something for everyone, and the bands instrumentation of tenor and flute riding over the solid rhythm section puts the listener in safe hands to enjoy a journey to the unexpected.
Those safe hand include drummer Dwight James. A one-time member of the Sounds of Liberation, a band that included Byard Lancaster, James was a respected and well-regarded drummer around Philly and he appears on a number of deep jazz records including the rare Sounds of Liberation album from 1972. James was also tight with the Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble, appearing on the 1973 psych-jazz album ‘Drum Dance To The Motherland’.
James also recorded his own one and only solo album in 1983 for Cadence Records, ‘Inner Heat’.
The Coalition album was only pressed in small numbers and available at Coalition live shows and local shops and so became quite a collectable piece for dealers and DJs.
Notes by Tony Higgins


taro nombei said...

Thanks for the heads-up Bacoso. Sounds rather tasty.
Doubt it will make its way over here though...

taro nombei said...

Thanks for the heads-up Bacoso. Sounds rather tasty.
Doubt it will make its way over here though...

Smooth said...

Got it as Jap CD - thanks for the hint.

MrMauriceblanchot said...

hi guy , is it possible to put the link to download please? thx for all !

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