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Sounds of Liberation

Sounds of Liberation was a self-described “community force” that sprang from Philadelphia’s Germantown and Mt. Airy neighborhoods, and they were in the avant garde of Black expression in the early 1970s.

Originally conceived and formed by Khan Jamal, the arrival of Byard Lancaster in 1971 helped shift them into a higher gear. At times reminiscent of the Modern Jazz Quartet and Elevation-era Pharaoh Sanders, SoL played with a singular blend of free-funk, fiery spiritual jazz, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. SoL’s only documented recording, a self-titled LP released on the group’s own Dogtown label in 1972, was a mythical score for free jazz vinyl collectors until Porter Records’ Luke Mosling reissued it “sound unheard” 38 years later.

We now celebrate the first-ever release of a long-lost 1973 Columbia University session, “Unreleased,” also on Dogtown, in collaboration with Brewerytown Beats Records.

25 limited edition paste-on versions available.

Limited edition version comes with a print that the album’s cover artist LeRoy Butler did for Sun Ra.