Music of Idris Ackamoor 1971-2004


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*Liner notes by Idris Ackamoor
*English/Japanese text
*Lots of scarce photos
*36p thick booklet

2CD collection of the ex-leader of legendary deep & spiritual afro-jazz group from early '70s Ohio (later in San Francisco), THE PYRAMIDS. Their music is one of the most exotic attempts by African-Americans, heavy & free sounds like Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Early '70s Miles, Strata-East, aggressive performances like Oneness of Ju Ju, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane...but thier original form. Perhaps every free jazz/funk listeners may agree it.

Feat. 12 pieces of THE PYRAMIDS taken from their three studio albums and unreleased recordings (included first live recording in Holland!). Notably THE PYRAMIDS had ever stayed some African countries incl. Morroco, Ghana, Kenya & Etiopia and studied real African culture & music there in early 1970s. Do you know other African-American JAZZ musicians who had done such a road trip in early 1970s??
Also this 2CD set featured a never heard before pre-PYRAMIDS recording in Pharoah Sanders & Strata East-ish style as THE COLLECTIVE, and 4 pieces from late 1970s to receny 2000s recordings as Idris Ackamoor Quartet/Ensemble. Ackamoor do owns all original master tapes (it's miracle!) and we checked them many & many and compiled their finest & best cuts. All digital re-mastered in excellent sound shapes.

This 2CD set will be in "DUO" case (like our Barton Smith [EM1043DCD]) with complete English liner notes written by Ackamoor himself, bunch of rare photos (really!) & session datas shall be one of the best CD which EM Records has ever produced.

1. The Collective - The Shepherd's Tune [1971] (16:59)*
2. The Pyramids - Land of Eternal Song Suite Part 3 [1972] (10:51)*
3. The Pyramids - Lalibela [1973] (6:02)
4. The Pyramids - Masenko Nights [1973] (3:00)
5. The Pyramids - Ya A Ya A [1973] (6:19)
6. The Pyramids - The River Ganges [1973] (11:06)*
7. The Pyramids - Mohgo Naba [1974] (8:32)
8. The Pyramids - Queen of the Spirits Part 3 [1974] (6:38)

1. The Pyramids - Aomawa [1976] (5:36)
2. The Pyramids - Birth/Speed/Merging [1976] (7:47)
3. The Pyramids - Black Man of the Nile [1972] (18:39)*
4. Idris Ackamoor and Margaux Simmons with King's Drummers of Tamale, Ghana - Africa [1973] (3:32)*
5. Idris Ackamoor Quartet - Spiritual Rebirth [1978] (5:52)*
6. Idris Ackamoor Quartet - Topanga [1997] (6:02)
7. Idris Ackamoor Ensemble - Centurian [2000] (8:06)
8. Idris Ackamoor Ensemble - Cubana [2004] (11:28)

(* previously unissued recordings)

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