Friday, June 7, 2013

Billy Harper - Capra Black

One of the true landmark recordings during the spiritual jazz movement of the seventies was saxophonist Billy Harper's debut album as a leader titled Capra Black. This record, which was released off of Strata-East in 1973, finds the saxophonist channelling Coltrane-like emotion and force in his playing throughout the session. One of the notable features about Capra Black is it's incorporation of gospel-like voices on tracks like "Soulfully, I Love You/Black Spiritual Of Love" and "Cry Of Hunger", giving the album a passionate, yet soulful feel that compliments the music's overall modal tone. Even though Harper's playing takes center stage throughout each piece, the saxophonist is joined by a heavy-weight group of musicians including George Cables (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), Julian Priester (trombone), Billy Cobham (drums) and others. Overall, this brilliant ground-breaking record not only showcased Billy Harper as a strong bandleader, the album also helped propel the saxophonist into becoming one of the more influential musicians during the seventies' black conscientious movement in jazz.

Billy Harper - Soulfully, I Love You/Black Spiritual Of Love

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