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COALITION - BIRTH (LP) label: KENYA RECORDS (EWOC-010LP)

 

TRACKLIST

A1. Marionette (Tony Branco)
A2. Thinking Of You (Mike Falcone, Bill Collins)
A3. Song To My Lady (Tony Branco)
B1. Bill's Samba (Bill Collins)
B2. Kenya's Horizon (Dwight James)
B3. The Downer (Mike Falcone)


Details: 
Heavyweight Vinyl / 450 mcn double grey-white double coated paper / handily plasticization / handily gluing / PVC outers / original artwork /

originally released on KENYA RECORDS 1978 (DM84834)

Coalition’s single self-produced album, recorded for the private Kenya Records in 1978, presents as many questions as it does offer musical surprises. Not much is known about this groups who were a part of the late 70s Philadelphia jazz-soul scene.  The music captured for the LP spans a broad range of styles, ranging from an intense fusion work-out (the album opener, ‘Marionette’), a mellow Terry Callier-esque style ballad (‘Thinking of You’), abstract tonal impressionism (‘Song to my Lady’), Afrocentric Strata East spiritual style  jazz (‘Kenya’s Horizon’) and tough blowing hard-bop (‘The Downer’). In some senses, there’s something for everyone, and the bands instrumentation of tenor and flute riding over the solid rhythm section puts the listener in safe hands to enjoy a journey to the unexpected.

Those safe hand include drummer Dwight James. A one-time member of the Sounds of Liberation, a band that included Byard Lancaster, James was a respected and well-regarded drummer around Philly and he appears on a number of deep jazz records including the rare Sounds of Liberation album from 1972. James was also tight with the Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble, appearing on the 1973 psych-jazz album ‘Drum Dance To The Motherland’.
James also recorded his own one and only solo album in 1983 for Cadence Records, ‘Inner Heat’.  
The Coalition album was only pressed in small numbers and available at Coalition live shows and local shops and so became quite a collectable piece for dealers and DJs.  

Personnel:
Tony Branco - Piano

Mike Falcone – Tenor Sax, Flute

Bill Collins – Bass & Vocals
Dwight James - Drums & Percussion