Monday, September 22, 2008

Jothan Callins & The Sounds of Togetherness - Winds of Change


1. Prayer for Love and Peace
2. Winds of Change
3. Sons and Daughters of the Sun
4. Triumph


Jothan Callins - trumpet, bells
Joseph Bonner - piano, tambourine
Norman Conners - drums, percussion
Cecil McBee - bass
Roland Duval - conga, percussion

I first heard of this one courtesy of Seth Watter of the blog, Meshes of the Afternoon. Seth does a great job of describing the album - better than I'd probably do as a non-musician hobbyist. Callins apparently worked with a number of big names in the music world (not only jazz), including of course the legendary Sun Ra. Not surprisingly, there is a bit of a Sun Ra influence in the music. The album would have easily fit in with the Strata-East roster (as Seth notes), as well as T.R.I.B.E and Black Fire (Oneness of Juju's old label from the period). In other words, expect some primo kozmigroov, with the emphasis more on the cosmic. Absolutely gorgeous music.

Apparently, Callins and The Sounds of Togetherness toured extensively during his career. It's a pity he didn't get more of an opportunity to lead some studio sessions. He certainly had the vibe. The one document he left behind as a band leader is tantalizing.

Download Winds of Change