Most people first heard of Asher Gamedze when he contributed drums to Angel Bat Dawid's acclaimed 2019 release The Oracle. Now, the South African drummer is back, this time as bandleader, crafting a powerful statement on colonialism and his country's history with his debut album Dialectic Soul, a record many have called the best release of 2020.
In 1976 the ten members of soul/funk band The Edge of Darkness had one thing in common besides their love of music: They were all in prison. Incarceration couldn't stop their love of music, and in 1976 they recorded Eyes Of Love at Powhatan Correctional Facility just outside of Richmond, Virginia. We're taking a look back at that record's origins and the triumph of the spirit that it's joyful songs represent.
PLUS: Guitarist Bill Frisell has toured for years with drummer Rudy Royston and bassist Thomas Morgan but his new record Valentine (out now on Blue Note Records) is the first time they've recorded an album together. We're spinning a gorgeous track from this stunning document of friendship and communication.
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