Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Stanley Cowell Musa: Ancestral Streams 180g LP

Stanley Cowell

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180g High Quality Pressing!
Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Musa Ancestral Streams remains a relative oddity in the pantheon of jazz's black consciousness movement - a solo piano set of stunning reach and scope, its adherence to intimacy contrasts sharply with the bold, multi-dimensional sensibilities that signify the vast majority of post-Coltrane excursions into spiritual expression, yet the sheer soulfulness and abandon of Stanley Cowell's performance nevertheless vaults the record into the same physical and metaphysical planes. Cowell's energy and touch are remarkable, as if guided by divine power, and for all the music's structural spaciousness and rhythmic freedom, not a note feels out of place, let alone excessive. Most intriguing is "Travelin' Man", an overdubbed "duet" featuring Cowell on both acoustic and electric piano that underscores his uncommon affinity for space and presence. - Jason Ankeny/AMG


  • 180g Vinyl
  • Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
  • Recorded, mixed, edited at Minot Studios on December 10-11, 1973
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Made in the UK


Stanley Cowell piano, electric piano, thumb piano (African Thumb piano)


Side A:

  1. Abscretions
  2. Equipoise
  3. Prayer For Peace
  4. Emil Danenberg (From "Illusion Suite")

Side B:

  1. Maimoun (From "Illusion Suite")
  2. Travelin' Man
  3. Departure No. 1
  4. Departure No. 2
  5. Sweet Song

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