Spirit Free - Plays Starship
25-Numero Group 43008
First-time ever, legit-from-the-master-tapes reissue of this very rare 1971 jazz/rock-kozmigroov album from Las Vegas (say WHA?). The line up was Fender Rhodes, tenor, bass and drums. Nice stuff for the time period and especially for the location. Fans of early US jazz/rock will get a serious charge out of this!
"Blinded by neon, addicted to gambling, and choking on Rat Pack fur, Las Vegas's casino scene is where jazz went to die. But in the early 70s, Spirit Free dared to buck the trends of the big band and lounge acts, jamming in the garages of their suburban ranch homes after their day jobs, conjuring Egyptian modes under the hot desert sun, and toying with exotic sounds like distorted sax, electric keyboards, and wah-wah pedals. Unconcerned with the crooners and standards dominating the strip, Spirit Free was blasting into the cosmos providing an early prophecy of the jazz fusion movement that would come to prominence in the latter half of the 70s. At long last, Spirit Free Plays Starship has been freed from the shifting sands of the Mojave, remastered from the original tapes and available on CD for the first time, with three previously unreleased tracks."