Southern Energy (Limited Edition)
Southern Energy Ensemble
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London’s Strut Records continues it’s superb series diving deep into the vaults of Jimmy Gray’s now considered legendary Richmond, Virginia based label Black Fire Records with another highly in-demand reissue of Southern Energy Ensemble’s 1977 masterpiece Southern Energy.
Incredible from start to finish, this seven-track recording features a mix of jazz-funk, soulful spiritual grooves and melodies, heavy-hitting funk, and African-influenced percussion rhythms.
Led by trumpeter and vocalist Marvin “Dash” Daniels (who actually played with Lee Fields in the late 60s), the nine-piece band was made up of students from Virginia state College (half of the members were music students). For a few years, the group mostly played weekend gigs at clubs, universities and military bases in Virginia and North and South Carolina.
Remastered from the original tapes by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, the new reissue also features never-before-seen photos and extended liner notes by Daniels