The latest in the Spiritual Jazz series compiles Prestige recordings from 1961 - 1972. Vol. 10 focuses on the time when modal jazz, pioneered by Miles Davis and John Coltrane, is starting to "percolate through the jazz underground," and it's telling of Bob Weinstock and his label's reputation as early adaptors to works from cutting-edge artists exploring new styles. With Blue Note documenting hard bop in its most refined form, Prestige is recognized for the "low-key, jam-session" approach, and Volume 10 fully captures the tough, unfiltered energy, closer to how the music was "being played live, night after night, by New York's most prominent jazz musicians." Check out the Afro-Eastern versions of Yuself Lateef and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, or deep modal excursions from Mal Waldron and Walt Dickerson. Gary Bartz and Idris Muhammed also contribute essential spiritual jazz grooves, recommended for fans of modal jazz "in full flight, unabashed and authentic from the pioneers."
- all tracks fully licensed and restored from original sources
- comprehensive introduction and liner notes with original stories direct from the artists
- gatefold 2LP, label/LP scans and previously unpublished photographs
- most tracks never before reissued and only available on rare private press LPs
- music label: Jazzman 2020
reviewed by singing in japanese 03/2020