Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration
Stanley Cowell - Regeneration

Stanley Cowell - Regeneration

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Stanley Cowell, piano, synthesizer, Kora

Ed Blackwell, percussion (water drum), drums

Marion Brown, flute, (wooden fife)

Jimmy Heath, soprano saxophone,

Jerry Venable, guitar

Aleke Kanonu, drums (bass)

Bill Lee, bass

Charles Fowlkes, Jr., bass, vocals

Psyche Wanzandae, flute, harmonica

Billy Higgins, drums (snare)

Nadi Quamar, percussion, harp

John Stubblefield, zuna

Glenda Barnes, vocals

Kareema, vocals

 

1 LP, gatefold sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Strata East Records

Recorded at Minot Sound Studios, White Plains, April 27, 1975.

Engineered & mixed by Generation Sound, N.Y.C.

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1976




Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Trying To Find A Way
  2. The Gembhre
  3. Shimmy Shewobble
  4. Parlour Blues

Side B:

  1. Thank You My People
  2. Travelin' Man
  3. Lullabye

 


        Reviews
        :

        « Around the time of this recording, Stanley Cowell had achieved a degree of prominence as the pianist for the advanced bop quartet Music Inc., which he co-led with trumpeter Charles Tolliver, as well as for unusual projects like his Piano Choir.

        With Regeneration he chose another path, essentially trying to produce a jazz-infused pop album with strong African roots, perhaps owing a little bit to Stevie Wonder. He assembled an extremely strong cast of musicians for the venture, including Marion Brown, Billy Higgins, and Ed Blackwell, as well as several African string and percussion masters and, by and large, succeeded conceptually if not commercially.

        A few songs use vocals in a fairly standard pop framework, and, while they are performed capably enough, the lyrical content leaves something to be desired in typical mid-'70s fashion. But much of the rest of the music makes up for this with, among other things, a delightful fife and drum piece by Brown and strong bass work by Bill Lee (Spike's dad). Regeneration is an interesting, often enjoyable album which, aside from its own small pleasures, provides a snapshot of some of the cross-fertilization in genres occurring at the time. » AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick

         

        Ratings :

        AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4,37 / 5

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