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Brooks, Roy & The Artistic Truth – “Black Survival” – [Soul Jazz Records]

humana   5/27/2012   12-inch, Jazz

This album is a recording of The Sahel Concert performed at Town Hall in New York City on Dec. 31, 1973, originally released by Im-Hotep in 1974. It contains some fine jazz by drummer Roy Brooks (with piano by Joe Bonner and bass by Reggie Workman on “Relief”), but it also features standout spoken word by Afrikan Repertory Theater members. The Black Survival album was intended by Universal Afrikan Relief as a medium to educate the public about the crisis in Sahel, and as such is “a unique expression of music and prose that is educational, entertaining and inspiring.” (Read the great sleeve notes.) Since this is a concert, all the songs track, but my best time guesses are marked on the inside cover.

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