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Charlies Tolliver on Strata East in the Early 1970s

Charles TolliverIn the early 1970s, as recording opportunities for more adventurous hard-bop musicians dried up, trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell started their own label, Strata East, partly in order to document the activities of their quartet Music Inc. The aesthetic results were in some ways an extension of the musicans with whom Tolliver had worked in the 1960s—Jackie McLean, Max Roach, and Andrew Hill. On this edition of Night Lights we’ll hear live performances from the quartet from Slug’s Saloon in New York City and from a concert in Tokyo, as well as recordings the quartet made augmented by a big band. Many of these recordings are available in a collection from Mosaic Records.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Brilliant Circles
Charles Tolliver — Music Inc. and Big Band (Charly, 1970)

Notes: Written by Music Inc. pianist Stanley Cowell

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Drought
Charles Tolliver — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1970)

Notes: Charles Tolliver composition.

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Truth
Charles Tolliver — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1973)

Notes: Tolliver composition.

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House of Saud
Charles Tolliver — Music Inc. and Big Band (Charly, 1970)

Notes: Tolliver composition.

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Effi
Charles Tolliver — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1973)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Felicite
Charles Tolliver — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1970)

Notes: Cecil McBee composition.

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Impact
Charles Tolliver — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1973)

Notes: Previously unreleased.

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Round Midnight
Charles Tolliver — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1973)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Polygram, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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