“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead. Even by him. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Following an opening chanted recital of Acts 4:10 and 4:10, the deep pulse of Mamaniji Azanyah’s bass introduces the latest release from Jazzman Records, a fully licensed reissue of The One, a private press spiritual jazz LP that has previously changed hands for over £1,000.
Under the joint leadership of Mamaniji Azanyah and saxophonist/flautist Immanuel Zechariah, the septet recorded this LP in the 1980s, a couple of decades after the period in jazz history that is now being treated with a growing appreciation and reverence, continuing the musical expression of the introspective realisation of unity that lives today in the music of artists such as Build An Ark and Gonjasufi.
With comprehensive liner notes, approved by the original artists, and a collection of previously unpublished photographs, this 180g vinyl pressing is an essential purchase for followers of the spiritual jazz movement, and a perfect introduction for those drawn in by what Azanyah describes as “creative spiritual expression in the improvisational tradition.”