It's Not Up To Us (Limited edition)
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One of the first albums ever recorded by soulful avant legend Byard Lancaster!
Lancaster hailed from Philadelphia, and played flute and alto in a style that was clearly informed by the freer spiritual players that dominated one branch of the avant garde tree at the time – in a mode that's right alongside the work of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders.
He's joined here by a young Sonny Sharrock – whose "John's Children" they do a wonderful reading of, plus Eric Gravatt, Keno Speller, and Jerome Hunt. The tunes are all still tied to a primarily swing based concept of time, and the solos never reach too far, on this side that nods towards the new thing without diving in too deeply