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Amongst serious jazz collectors, this deliciously obscure album by drummer Bert Myrick on influential early ’70s Detroit imprint Strata Records has long been a “Holy Grail”.
That’s partly due to the quality of the players on show – Myrick’s quintet contained some of the Motor City’s finest jazz players of the ’60s and early ’70s, including one-time Blue Note artist Kenny Cox – but largely because it’s exceptionally good.
Remarkably, it was recorded live at the University of Michigan nearly a decade before its 1974 release, and contains one of the most stunning jazz compositions you’ll ever hear, Cox’s epic “Scorpio’s Child”, as well as the Afro-Cuban jazz hit that is “The Latin Bit”. Throughout, Myrick’s drumming is exceptional.
A deep jazz gem from the Strata Records.
A2. Scorpio’s Child
B2. The Latin Bit