- Brand: Black Unity Trio
- Product Code: BlackUnityTrio–AlFatihah
Remastered. This reissue produced in collaboration with Black Unity Trio. Sourced from the original 1968 Scotch 201 master tapes.
For avant-garde jazz collectors, Black Unity Trio's sole album, 1969's Al Fatihah, has long been a genuine "holy grail" record. The Ohio-based outfit pressed and distributed just 500 copies, making it one of the rarest free-jazz sets around. Happily, Gotta Groove has decided to reissue it, presenting the atmospheric, experimental and decidedly cosmic set in freshly remastered, audiophile-quality sound. The set itself is breathlessly brilliant in places, with wild, exuberant alto saxophone solos, sharp cello sounds and rubbery double bass rising above sweaty drums and a variety of chaotic percussion sounds. While undeniably freeform in parts, the album is also extremely expressive, offering a powerful musical commentary on what were notoriously turbulent times for the USA. No wonder it still sounds so relevant in 2020.