In 2008, (Jazzman) Gerald Short released the first Spiritual Jazz compilation: Esoteric, Modal And Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968-77. With all tracks fully licensed and restored from the original master tapes, this collection served as an entry point for a generation of listeners hungry for a sound track to the introspective awareness and social activism of the era. In tracing the familial lineage of current innovators like Flying Lotus and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a new world of overlooked and under appreciated artistry emerges.
The journey continues: in volume 2, Short reveals a distinctly European sound, modal montages inspired by pilgrimages to Asia and Africa, experiments in rhythm and sound where modern jazz meets traditional Balkan and Flamenco folk music.
The album is dedicated to British jazz pianist Michael Garrick, who passed away in November 2011. Included is ‘Temple Dancer’, a previously unreleased live recording, showing Garrick at the height of his prowess. Other rare treasures include ‘Bosna Calling’ by Serbian trumpeter Duško Gojković, with its forceful introduction from German bassist Rob Langereis. Finish jazz maestro Heikki Sarmanto’s offering is euphoric: a ten minute choral masterpiece, recorded live at a concert at Temppeliakuio Church, Helsinki, in 1978.
This project has been lovingly compiled, and comes accompanied by comprehensive liner notes with individual items on each track, album cover scans and previously unpublished photographs: an impossibly rare and beautifully presented collection.