Album: Various artists, Spiritual Jazz Vol 2 (Jazzman)

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The Independent Culture

Indie-label Jazzman has become the leading imprint for lovingly annotated compilations of bygone jazz exotica.

This trawl through the 1960s/1970s archives travels far from the gospelling squawkers one might expect in favour of a broad church of European improvisers. They include the sacred-modernism of Austrias Erich Kleinschuster on the startlingly groovy "Communion", and England's Michael Garrick on the less than crucial "Temple Dancer".