Category:Strata-East Records artists
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The following 34 pages are in this category, out of 34 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Gil Scott-Heron – Gilbert Gil Scott-Heron was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. His own term for himself was bluesologist, which he defined as a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues. His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. In fact, Scott-Heron himself is considered by many to be the first rapper/MC ever, Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled Im New Here. A memoir he had working on for years up to the time of his death. His recording work received critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Gil Scott-Heron received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, during the museums opening ceremonies, the Sylvan Theater on the monument grounds was temporarily named the Gil Scott-Heron stage. Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Illinois and his mother, Bobbie Scott-Heron, was an opera singer who performed with the New York Oratorio Society. Scott-Herons father, Gil Heron, nicknamed The Black Arrow, was a Jamaican football player in the 1950s who became the first black man to play for Celtic Football Club in Glasgow. Gils parents separated in his childhood and he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother, Lillie Scott, in Jackson. When Scott-Heron was 12 years old, his grandmother died and he returned to live with his mother in The Bronx in New York City. He enrolled at DeWitt Clinton High School, but later transferred to The Fieldston School after impressing the head of the English department with one of his writings, as one of five black students at the prestigious school, Scott-Heron was faced with alienation and a significant socioeconomic gap. During his admissions interview at Fieldston, an administrator asked him, and said, Same way as you. This type of intractable boldness would become a hallmark of Scott-Herons later recordings, after completing his secondary education, Scott-Heron enrolled at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania because Langston Hughes was an alumnus. It was here that Scott-Heron met Brian Jackson with whom he formed the band Black & Blues, after about two years at Lincoln, Scott-Heron took a year off to write the novels The Vulture and The Nigger Factory. Scott-Heron was very influenced by the Black Arts Movement. Scott-Heron returned to New York City, settling in Chelsea, Manhattan, the Vulture was published by the World Publishing Company in 1970 to positive reviews. Although Scott-Heron never completed his degree, he was admitted to the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University
2. Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah Sanders is an American jazz saxophonist. Saxophonist Ornette Coleman once described him as probably the best tenor player in the world, emerging from John Coltranes groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders is known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone, as well as his use of sheets of sound. Sanders is an important figure in the development of jazz, Albert Ayler famously said, Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son. Pharoah Sanders was born Farrell Sanders on October 13,1940 in Little Rock and his mother worked as a cook in a school cafeteria, and his father worked for the City of Little Rock. An only child, Sanders began his career accompanying church hymns on clarinet. His initial artistic accomplishments were in art, but when he was at Scipio Jones High School in North Little Rock, the band director, Jimmy Cannon, was also a saxophone player and introduced Sanders to jazz. When Cannon left Scipio Jones High School, Sanders took over as the director until a permanent director could be found. During the late 1950s, Sanders would often sneak into African-American clubs in downtown Little Rock to play with acts that were passing through. At the time, Little Rock was part of the route through Memphis, Tennessee. Sanders found himself limited by the segregation and the R&B. After finishing high school in 1959, Sanders moved to Oakland, California and he briefly attended Oakland Junior College and studied art and music. Once outside the Jim Crow South, Sanders could play in black and white clubs. His Arkansas connection stuck with him in the Bay Area with the nickname of “Little Rock. ”It was also during this time that he met, Pharoah Sanders began his professional career playing tenor saxophone in Oakland, California. He moved to New York City in 1961 after playing with rhythm and he received his nickname Pharoah from bandleader Sun Ra, with whom he was performing. After moving to New York, Sanders had been destitute, He was often living on the streets, under stairs, where ever he could find to stay, his clothes in tatters. Sun Ra gave him a place to stay, bought him a new pair of pants with yellow stripes, encouraged him to use the name Pharoah. Sanders came to prominence playing with John Coltranes band, starting in 1965, as Coltrane began adopting the avant-garde jazz of Albert Ayler, Sun Ra. Sanders first performed with Coltrane on Ascension, then on their dual-tenor recording Meditations, after this Sanders joined Coltranes final quintet, usually performing very lengthy, dissonant solos
3. Heath Brothers – The Heath Brothers is an American jazz group, formed in 1975 in Philadelphia, by the brothers Jimmy, Percy, and Albert Tootie Heath, and pianist Stanley Cowell. Tony Purrone and Jimmys son Mtume joined the group later, Tootie left in 1978, and was replaced by Akira Tana for a short period before returning in 1982. They also added other sidemen for some of their recording dates, the group still exists with just two of the brothers, Jimmy and Tootie, and additional sidemen as needed. The 2009 CD Endurance was the first without Percy, and features seven original numbers by Jimmy, including From a Lonely Bass, composed in memory of his late brother. Marchin On Passin Thru Live at the Public Theatre In Motion Expressions of Life Brotherly Love Brothers and Others As We Were Saying Jazz Family Endurance Lee Fury, a Night With the Heath Brothers, The Opening Act That Closed the Show. The Heath Brothers, Giants of Jazz, jimmyHeath. com biography of Jimmy Heath Albert Tootie Heath, Drummerworld. A complete Heath Brothers discography on musicmatch. com, jean-Michel Reisser, The Heath Brothers biographies and CD review of Brotherly Love, Cosmopolis, September 1,2008, in French. Brotherly Jazz, The Heath Brothers DVD Documentary Patrick Jarenwattananon, The Heath Brothers - Live at the Village Vanguard, NPR Music, July 6,2011
4. John Hicks (pianist) – John Josephus Hicks, Jr. was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. He was leader for more than 30 recordings and played as a sideman on more than 300, after early experiences backing blues musicians, Hicks moved to New York in 1963. He was part of Art Blakeys band for two years, then backed vocalist Betty Carter from 1965 to 1967, before joining Woody Hermans big band, following these largely mainstream jazz experiences, Hicks expanded into freer bands, including those of trumpeters Charles Tolliver and Lester Bowie. He rejoined Carter in 1975, the stay brought him more attention. He continued to play and record extensively in the United States, Hicks was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 21,1941, the oldest of five children. As a child, he moved with his family around the United States, as his father, Rev John Hicks Sr and his family was middle class, I was brought up as a decent human being, where you had aspirations and there were expectations, he commented. He began playing the piano aged six or seven in Los Angeles and his mother, Pollie, was his first piano teacher. He also took lessons, sang in choirs and tried the violin. He began playing the piano in church once he could read music and his development accelerated once his family moved to St. Louis, when Hicks was 14 and he settled on the piano. In St. Louis, he attended Sumner High School, Hicks cited influences from Fats Waller to Thelonious Monk to Methodist church hymns, as well as local pianists. He was initially interested in the compositions of Horace Silver and popular songs such as I Got Rhythm and There Will Never Be Another You. Hicks had summer gigs in the southern United States with blues musicians Little Milton, Hicks studied music in 1958 at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he shared a room with drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson. He also studied for a time at the Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to New York in 1963. In New York, Hicks first accompanied singer Della Reese and he then played with Joe Farrell and toured with trombonist Al Grey and tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell. After periods with Kenny Dorham and Joe Henderson, Hicks joined Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers in 1964 and his recording debut was with Blakey in November that year, for the album S Make It. Early in 1965, Hicks toured with Blakey to Japan, France, Switzerland, Blakey encouraged his band members, including Hicks, to compose for the band, although they also played compositions by previous members of the band. He stayed with Blakey for two years and his playing during this time was compared with that of McCoy Tyner, for the level of energy displayed and for some of the intervals that they used. In the period 1965 to 1967 he worked on and off with vocalist Betty Carter and her liking for slow ballads helped Hicks develop his sense of time
5. Cecil Payne – Cecil Payne was an American jazz baritone saxophonist born in Brooklyn, NY. Payne also played the saxophone and flute. He played with prominent jazz musicians, in particular Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston. Payne received his first saxophone at the age of 13, asking his father for one after hearing Honeysuckle Rose performed by Count Basie with Lester Young soloing, Payne took lessons from a local alto sax player, Pete Brown. He studied at Boys High School, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Payne began his professional recording career with J. J. Johnson on the Savoy label in 1946. During that year he began playing with Roy Eldridge, through whom he met Dizzy Gillespie. His earlier recordings would largely fall under the category, until Gillespie hired him. Payne stayed on board until 1949, heard performing solos on Ow. in the early 1950s he found himself working with Tadd Dameron, and worked with Illinois Jacquet from 1952 to 1954. He then started work in New York City and frequently performed during this period with Randy Weston. Payne was still recording regularly for Delmark Records in the 1990s, when he was in his seventies, Payne was a cousin of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, whom he recorded with briefly. Aside from his career in music, Payne helped run his fathers real estate company during the 1950s, Payne once said that his parents urged him to consider dentistry as a career. He countered their suggestion by pointing out no one would ever entrust his or her teeth to a Dr. Payne. Jazz à la Bohemia The Modern Art of Jazz by Randy Weston Uhuru Afrika Monterey 66 With Ernie Wilkins Septet
6. Strata-East Records – Strata-East Records is an American record company and label specialising in jazz which was founded in 1971 by Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell with the release of their first recording Music Inc. The label released over 50 albums in the 1970s, many of the labels releases are now hailed as prime examples of 1970s Post-Bop, Spiritual Jazz, and Afro-Jazz. Gil Scott-Heron recorded his 1974 album Winter in America with Brian Jackson for Strata-East, the Bottle featured on the album, was a popular single. This album stands as one of the labels most well-known recordings, Clifford Jordan and Bill Lee, father of Spike Lee, were involved in numerous releases. SECD9001 - Charles Tolliver Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact, Recorded January 17,1975, SECD9002 - John Hicks - Hells Bells, Recorded May 21,1975, released on CD1990. SECD9003 - Charles Tolliver - Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo/Vol.1, Recorded July 21/22,1988, SECD9004 - Stanley Cowell, Billy Harper, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart - Such Great Friends, Recorded July 7,1983, released on CD1991. SECD9005 - The Heath Brothers Featuring Stanley Cowell - Marchin On, Recorded 1975, released on CD1990. SECD9006 - John Gordon - Step By Step, Recorded September 22,1975, SECD9008 - John Hicks - Steadfast, Recorded May 21,1975, released on CD1991. SECD9009 - Cecil McBee - Mutima, Recorded May 8,1974, SECD9010 - Charles Tolliver Music Inc & Big Band - Music Inc. & Big Band, Recorded November 11,1970, released on CD1991, SECD9011 - Charles Tolliver Music Inc - Compassion, Recorded November,1977, released on CD1991. SECD9012 - Charlie Rouse - Two Is One, Recorded 1974, SECD9013 - Charles Tolliver - Live In Berlin At The Quasimodo/Vol.2, Recorded July 21/22,1988, released on CD1992. SECD9014 - Larry Ridley - Sum Of The Parts, Recorded June 1975, SECD9015 - Charles Tolliver Music Inc - Live In Tokyo, Recorded December 7,1973, released on CD1992. SECD9016 - Music Inc - Live At Historic Slugs, Recorded May 1,1970, SECD9017 - Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson - Winter In America, Recorded September/October 1973, released on CD1992. SECD9018 - Larry Ridley & the Jazz Legacy Ensemble - Live at Rutgers University, Recorded 1989, SECD9019 - Billy Harper - Capra Black, Recorded 1973, released on CD1993. SECD9020 - Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games Volume 1, Recorded October 29,1973, SECD9021 - Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games Volume 2, Recorded October 29,1973, released on CD1993. SECD9022 - Pharoah Sanders - Izipho Zam, Recorded January 14,1969, SECD9024 - Cecil Payne - Zodiac, Recorded December 16,1968, released on CD1993. SECD9026 - Charles Brackeen - Rhythm X, Recorded January 26,1968, SECD9028 - Stanley Cowell - Musa • Ancestral Streams, Recorded December 10/11,1973, released on CD1996. SECD9031 - Shamek Farrah & Sonelius Smith - The World Of The Children, Recorded April,1976, list of record labels Official site
7. John Betsch – John Betsch is an American jazz drummer. Betsch was born in Jacksonville, Florida and his mother was a church organist and pianist, and his older sister Marvyne a soprano singer. He began playing drums in the orchestra at the age of nine. He attended Fisk University, and while still a student there, at the age of 18, he began playing professionally with pianists Bob Holmes, Ernest Vantrease, Betsch studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst under Max Roach and Archie Shepp. After playing in organ trios, he released an album as a leader, Earth Blossom and that year he moved to New York City, where he played with Marion Brown, Paul Jeffrey, Max Roach, Jeanne Lee and Henry Threadgill. In 1983 he recorded with Roger Dawsons septet featuring Hilton Ruiz, reedman John Purcell, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, bassist Anthony Cox, following this he was a member of quartets led by Marty Cook. Since 1985 Betsch has lived in Europe, playing with Jim Pepper and Mal Waldron as well as in a band with his wife, in the 1990s he played in a group with Steve Lacy, and with Özay Fecht and in a trio with Elvira Plenar and Peter Kowald. He has done other recordings with Thomas Chapin, Marilyn Crispell, Klaus König, Billy Bang, Sathima Bea Benjamin, Uli Lenz and Simon Nabatov. With Mal Waldron Mal, Dance and Soul No More Tears Quadrologue at Utopia More Git Go at Utopia Spring in Prague With Marty Cook Red, White, Black and Blue Further reading John Betsch at Allmusic
8. Stanley Cowell – Stanley Cowell is an American jazz pianist and co-founder of the Strata-East Records label. He played with Roland Kirk while studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cowell played with trumpeter Charles Moore and others in the Detroit Artists Workshop Jazz Ensemble in 1965-66. During the late 1980s Cowell was part of a quartet led by J. J. Cowell teaches in the Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers,51999, Dancers in Love With Gary Bartz Another Earth With Marion Brown Why Not. Impact Live in Tokyo Impact Fairweather, Digby, Ian Carr, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
9. Charles Davis (saxophonist) – Charles Davis was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Davis played alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, and performed extensively with Archie Shepp, born in Goodman, Mississippi, Davis was raised in Chicago. He graduated from DuSable High School before studying at the Chicago School of Music, Davis also studied privately with John Hauser. During the 1950s, he played with Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Sun Ra, Davis also performed and recorded with Kenny Dorham, with whom he associated musically for many years. In 1964, Davis topped Downbeat Magazines International Jazz Critics Poll for baritone saxophone and he performed in the musical The Philosophy of The Spiritual – A Masque of the Black with Willie Jones, produced by Nadi Qamar. Davis taught at PS179 in Brooklyn and was director of the Turntable. During the 1970s, Davis was a member of the cooperative Artistry in Music with Hank Mobley, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones and he co-led, composed and arranged for the Baritone Saxophone Retinue, a six-baritone-saxophone group. Davis toured Europe, playing major festivals and concerts with the Clark Terry Orchestra. As musical director of the Home of the Id nightclub, he presented Gene Ammons, Randy Weston, as producer of the Monday Night Boat Ride Up The Hudson, Davis presented Art Blakey, George Benson and Etta Jones. He appeared on television with Archie Shepp, Lucky Thompson, Ossie Davis, with his own quartet he performed in Rome, at the Bologna Jazz Festival, the Jazz in Sardinia Festival and the La Spezia Festival. Davis was musical director of the Syncopation nightclub and performed in the film, The Man with Perfect Timing, in 1984, he was named a BMI Jazz Pioneer. During the 1990s, Davis was the librarian for Spike Lees Mo Better Blues. He performed at the Jamaica Jazz Festival with Dizzy Reece, returning to perform with Roy Burrowes, Davis played in the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame Band with Ray Charles, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson. He toured the Netherlands in a salute to the music of Kenny Dorham, a featured soloist with the Barry Harris Jazz Ensemble, Davis performs in clubs with the Barry Harris-Charles Davis Quartet. He recorded and toured Europe and Japan with the Clifford Jordan Big Band, Davis played tenor saxophonist and arranged for Larry Ridleys Jazz Legacy Ensemble, which appeared at the Senegal Jazz Festival, performed concerts and conducted clinics, seminars and master classes. The ensemble also appeared in a series at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He was a featured artist at the Amman Jazz Festival, produced by the American Embassy, Davis was also a featured artist in clubs and concerts in Paris, Toulouse and Hamburg. He appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the production of Eduardo Machados Stevie Wants to Play the Blues]
10. Sonny Fortune – Sonny Fortune is a US jazz alto saxophonist and flautist. He also plays saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone. After moving to New York City in 1967 Fortune recorded and appeared live with drummer Elvin Joness group, in 1968 he was a member of Mongo Santamarías band. He subsequently performed with singer Leon Thomas, and with pianist McCoy Tyner, in 1974 Fortune replaced Dave Liebman in Miles Daviss ensemble, remaining until spring 1975, when he was succeeded by Sam Morrison. Fortune can be heard on the albums Big Fun, Get Up With It, Agharta and Pangaea, Fortune joined Nat Adderley after his brief tenure with Davis, and then went on to form his own group in June 1975, recording two albums for the Horizon label. During the 1990s, he recorded several acclaimed albums for the Blue Note label, with Leon Spencer Bad Walking Woman Where Im Coming From With Charles Sullivan Genesis With McCoy Tyner Sahara Song for My Lady With Mal Waldron Crowd Scene Where Are You. FM
11. Billy Harper – Billy Harper is an American jazz saxophonist, one of a generation of Coltrane-influenced tenor saxophonists with a distinctively stern, hard-as-nails sound on his instrument. In 1965 Harper earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and he has also been a frequent member of Randy Westons ensembles, and in 2013 they recorded their first album as a duo, entitled The Roots of the Blues. Harper performed on Gil Evans 1973 album Svengali, and contributed two of the tunes in the bands repertoire, Priestess and Thoroughbred. The Italian jazz label Black Saint was launched with Harpers 1975 album Black Saint and his later releases have mostly been on SteepleChase and Evidence. Vol.1 Live in Tokyo Vol.2 The Loadstar Live in Amsterdam Confirmation With Woody Shaw Love Dance With Malachi Thompson 47th Street Freebop Now
12. Brian Jackson (musician) – Brian Robert Jackson is an American keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer known for his collaborations with Gil Scott-Heron in the 1970s. Jackson was born on October 11,1952 to Clarence and Elsie Jackson, respectively a New York State parole officer and a librarian at the Ford Foundation. Unable to take on the responsibility of sharing mortgage payments alone, Elsie was forced to move to an apartment in Crown Heights. Jackson studied music in Fort Greene with his mothers childhood teacher, when Elsie was unable to continue payments for lessons, Aunt Heppie granted him a scholarship, simply stating that Jackson showed great promise. From 1965-1969 Jackson attended Brooklyns Erasmus Hall High School, where he met other musicians, Jackson met Gil Scott-Heron while the two were attending Lincoln University. They began a writing, producing, and recording partnership. Jackson composed most of the music that he and Scott-Heron together performed and recorded, in 1973, the two released their first album together, Pieces of a Man, with Ron Carter on bass. His biggest hit was with Scott-Heron, 1974s The Bottle, by 1979, they had recorded ten albums, with other unreleased material surfacing on subsequent Scott-Heron releases following their 1980 split. Jackson continued to be active in the 1980s and 1990s, working with Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Will Downing, jacksons first solo album, Gotta Play, included guest performances by Roy Ayers and Scott-Heron. Jackson is still performing and recording