Byard Lancaster - Soul Unity 2xLP
Release Date: July 1st, 2022
Komos presents Soul Unity by Byard Lancaster. "From Sex Machine to A Love Supreme" was Byard Lancaster's musical motto. The saxophonist and flautist from Philadelphia has released cult albums under his own name from the late '60s until his death in 2012 and features on recordings from Larry Young, Doug Hammond, Sunny Murray among other major jazz musicians. He also co-founded the mythical band Sounds of Liberation with his friends Khan Jamal and Monnette Sudler.
Soul Unity is a devotional journey through Great Black Music, from Africa to Coltrane, from Spirituals to Now, searching for the Source behind the forms. It features Byard Lancaster's close friends Khan Jamal from Sounds of Liberation, Keno Speller from Lafayette Afro-Rock Band, Alfie Pollitt, former musical director for Teddy Pendergrass and Men On A Mission, a Gospel quartet. Produced by Antoine Rajon, now A&R of Komos, it was recorded in one takes on a sunny Saturday afternoon of 2005 in Philadelphia at Morning Star Studios. First vinyl edition, remastered and cut by Frank Merritt at The Carvery.