This is the 6th compilation in a
RARE GEMS series as part of Discoveries From The East. So far we have
covered Czechoslovakia in 2 volumes, Russia, Yugoslavia and Poland.
Although Poland is taking all the fame and became a synonym for Eastern
European jazz other countries have also produced some pure gems. This
compilation is dedicated to Bulgaria the less known of all of these
countries. Bulgarian jazz discography was rather small but some of the
names were well recognised by world jazz scene. Focus 65 Quartet gave
us couple of leading names in Bulgarian Jazz who later recorded for
other European and American labels and gained the fame worldwide. These
are Milcho Leviev and Simeon Shterev. They later played and recorded
(and still are) with dozens of famous jazz musicians.
As this compilation is a section through Bulgarian scene through
several decades (1967-1987) you will find both 60’s jazz with Latin and
samba rhythms, some spiritual ethno based jazz, modal and also 70s
spacey and funky flute fusion etc.
Some of these records are well known (and very expensive) in
collector’s circles but some are still very obscure. You will find here
much sought after Latin style jazz dance classic “Sombrero Sam” by
Focus 65 but also very deep, spiritual and hypnotic “Hallelujah”, nice
fusiony “Samba” and “A Trip”, funky flute fusion “Sunbeam” and
“Sunset-Sunrise”, a modal jazz/fusion “A Sunday Afternoon Walk” and
“Scarecrow”, trippy ambiental “Dawn”, funky “Morning” and a nice piano
solo pattern in “Goodbye”
GROOVE INTERNET SHOP
Cosmic Sounds label continues its rich exploration of the untapped
Eastern European jazz scene of the 60s and 70s -- finally set free in
these post-Iron Curtain years, showing a wealth of wonderful music
that's finally getting out to our western ears! This beautiful set
focuses on Bulgarian recordings of the late 60s and early 70s -- a nd
like other volumes in the series, it's got a groove oriented approach
that runs through a number of styles -- from hardbop to soul jazz,
funky fusion, and beyond!
THOMAS SEVEN UPDATE
is the latest in a brilliant series of albums documenting East European
jazz from the seventies and eighties. Following the excellent 'Balkan
Express', compiler Zeljko Kerleta focuses on the music of Bulgaria, and
trust me the words rare and gem are more than appropriate. From the
haunting spiritual jazz of Vesselin Nikolov's 'Hallelujah', to the
flute driven Latin of Jazz Quartet's 'Samba', to the spacey fusion of
Simeon Shterev's 'Sunbeam' this is an album of truly cosmic sounds from
the East side.
buried treasure from seriously marginalised East European masters of
jazz 1967-88 … open your mind, discover… and smile.