Vibraphonist Khan Jamal's group travelled to at New York City’s Columbia University to record it
An album of previously unheard recordings by Philadelphia group Sounds Of Liberation is about to be released. Founded in the early 1970s by vibraphonist Khan Jamal, Sounds Of Liberation featured Billy Mills, Dwight James, Monnette Sudler, Omar Hill and William Brister aka Rashid Salim, with saxophonist flautist Byard Lancaster joining a year later.
Sounds Of Liberation initiated happenings in schools, prisons and community centres throughout Philadelphia. In 1972 they self-released New Horizons (reissued as Sounds Of Liberation by Dogtown, and again in 2010 by Porter Records), In 1973, the group, along with their manager George Gilmore, travelled to New York City for a follow-up recording session at Columbia University, the outcome of which can be heard on the five tracks making up Untitled (Columbia University 1973), all composed by Jamal, Lancaster and guitarist Sudler.
Prepared by the group members in collaboration with Peter ‘Max’ Ochester of Brewerytown Beats Records, the LP features a cover by their original artist Leroy Butler. There will also be a limited edition deluxe version including extra photos and flyers.
Untitled (Columbia University 1973) is released on 3 May by Dogtown Records.