…don’t ask if there will ever be a Volume 2. We don’t know yet. What we do know is that if we ever come across a similar tour de force as Don McCaslin’s composition, Praise Poems, then there will certainly be one…
These were the final words of the sales notes for Praise Poems Volume 1 – which we proudly released earlier this year.
Rarity is important, quality is more important, and whether a song has been compiled yet is of the highest consideration. In this case, all but one of them have yet to be compiled elsewhere. By and large, this compilation highlights a unique historical context in the development and splintering of the streams of funk, soul and jazz.
The Praise Poems series is an attempt at a faithful snapshot of this revolutionary music before it began its inevitable backslide into the bourgeois excesses of the jazz-fusion genre. Call it proto-fusion; exemplified in performances like the cosmic bossa-odyssey of Third Stream, the jazz-pre-fusion of Seeds of Fulfillment, modal-tribal and chant explorations by Bobby Boyd Congress, the cinematic audiophilia of Belgium’s Soul Scratchers, the electro-acoustic blend of folk, percussion, and jazz by John Finnigan and Maureen Finlon, or the undeniable funky theatricality ofLarry Dismond that would make Galt Macdermot proud.
All of them are finally getting the attention they deserve.

Praise Poems 2 will be available on September 4 on Tramp Records.


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