The Lightmen Plus One – Energy Control Center
Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from Houston, the definitive, expanded reissue with previously unreleased tracks – the third in a series of four reissues of drummer and bandleader Bubbha Thomas’s lauded catalog. Gatefold 2LP.
Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. Fancy Pants is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.
This is a collaborative release with Vinyl Me, Please – the definitive reissue of Energy Control Center, Bubbha’s third LP. While this album is currently only available via Vinyl Me, Please’s Classics subscription, it will later be available as a stand-alone purchase on LP and CD via Now-Again and as part of our forthcoming Bubbha Thomas box-set.