Spirit of the New Land (Real Gone Reissue)
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Pianist Doug Carn's second Black Jazz Records album, Spirit of the New Land (1972), poignantly reflected the state of affairs in black America through explicit lyrics sung by his wife Jean and through the expert musicians' responses to life-altering societal developments in a hopeful time when the slogan "Black Power" carried real meaning. The album is flush with riveting modern jazz, which often leans toward the spiritually-inclined music of the John Coltrane Quartet on the classic album My Favorite Things. With George Harper's flute in gracious agreement, Jean Carn draws beauty out of the Miles Davis ballad "Blue in Green."
New York, 1972