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The Piano Choir

Handscapes (2LP)

Label: Strata-East

Format: 2LP

Genre: Jazz

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This album is definitely a one-of a kind unique release on Strata East - out of print for nearly 50 years and unbelievably hard to find. Do not miss out if you want one as Strata East always sell out! Big Double 180gm vinyl plus gatefold sleeve - quality package!

Handscapes is a double live album by The Piano Choir featuring Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, Webster Lewis, Harold Mabern, Danny Mixon, and Sonelius Smith recorded in 1972.  At the time of release Ebony reviewer Phyl Garland said "One needn't be a "piano freak" to appreciate a truly new recording. First of all imagine seven gifted and talented pianists sitting down to seven grand pianos (with electric piano, organ, harpsichord, a few tambourines for spice) and proceeding to tear up these instruments - musically, that is. ...the torrrent of sound springing from their 70 fingers is so powerful and majestic as to be unlike anything one has ever heard."  This album is a genre defying mix of deep, deep spiritual jazz with the addition of Steve Reich/Phillip Glass modernism! Heavy tracks like 'Nation Time' and more.



Cat. number: SES-19730
Year: 2023
Choir: Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Percussion, African Piano, and Harpsichord. Order of entrances on track A2: Webster Lewis, Stanley Cowell, Danny Mixon, Nat Jones, Sonelius Smith, Harold Mabern, Hugh Lawson. Solo order on track C1: Stanley Cowell, Hugh Lawson, Harold Mabern, Webster Lewis, Sonelius Smith, Nat Jones, Danny Mixon. All tracks recorded October 28, 1972, except track A3 which was recorded June 18, 1972.

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