Soul Jazz Records / Universal Sound are releasing ‘Soul Translation’, a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private- press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts in 1975.
This great soulful / spiritual jazz album was the only album that Strachan released and consequently has become a rarity. It is a must for fans of Tribe, Strata-East and other conscious jazz from the 1970s and features in Gilles Peterson / Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Freedom, Rhythm & Sound’ book.
Donald Alexander Strachan is composer, conductor, guitarist, vocalist and more, leading a large 11-piece line-up that includes Jay Hoggard on vibes.
Composer / writer / filmmaker Strachan studied in New York City in the 1970s, along with composer / saxophonist Sam Rivers and Ghanaian drum-master Abraham Adzenyah, as well as avant garde guitarist / composer Bruce Johnson, all of whom helped shape his unique sound.
In the 1980s Strachan spent a short spell writing music for artists on Def Jam Record before entering into the collaborative world of cinema by composing musical scores, and has been involved in cinema ever since, both musically, and as a scriptwriter and director.
Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble’s ‘Soul Translation’ is a unique product of Strachan’s multicultural and African-American heritage and aesthetic - polyrhythmically complex and spiritually intense.
This is a bespoke high quality hardback-cased thick card CD edition with exact reproduction artwork from the original album.
Also available on limited edition (1000 worldwide) 180 gram vinyl with exact reproduction artwork. Vinyl format also comes with a free download voucher.