Stanley Cowell is one of the truly great pianists and composers in modern jazz. Because he has been so involved with education, his recognition is far below what it should be. This 2016 solo concert from Buenos Aires is a real find!
This 1999 episode of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz was taped in Washington, D.C., before a live audience. Her guest is the amazingly talented and underrated pianist-composer Stanley Cowell. Although he only performs two of his own pieces, including the now- standard Equipoise, he performs solo and in duet with Marian. His ballad rendition of Charlie Parker’s Anthropology is a real gem.
Drummer Jack DeJohnette's debut as a leader (which has been reissued on CD) has quite a bit of variety. The music ranges from advanced swinging to brief free improvisations and some avant-funk. DeJohnette(who doubles on melodica) is joined by Bennie Maupin (on tenor and flute), keyboardist Stanley Cowell, bassists Miroslav Vitous and Eddie Gomez, and drummer Roy Haynes. He uses six different combinations of musicians on the eight songs (five of his originals, John Coltrane's "Miles’ Mode,“ Cowell's "Equipoise” and Vitous' "Mirror Image"). Intriguing and generally successful music.
Another hard-to-find Bobby Hutcherson LP recorded in 1968 that languished on the Blue Note shelves until 1980. The playing here is hot and heavy, with some great flute work from James Spaulding, beautiful piano from Stanley Cowell–who wrote this cut–and sterling drum work from Joe Chambers, who contributed four compositions to the LP.
Strata-East, a jazz record label founded by Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell, released their first recording Music Inc in 1971.
The label released over 50 albums in the 1970s. Many of the label’s
releases are now hailed as prime examples of 1970s Post-Bop, Spiritual
Jazz, and Afro-Jazz.
Gil Scott-Heron recorded his 1974 album Winter in America with Brian Jackson for Strata-East. This album stands as one of the label’s most well-known recordings.
In all beginnings… a mystical, magic force, What course, what destiny… determined in time.