KEEPER OF MY SOUL by WALTER BISHOP JR'S 4TH CYCLE
|Artist||WALTER BISHOP JR'S 4TH CYCLE|
|Title||KEEPER OF MY SOUL|
|Label||REAL GONE MUSIC|
|Catalog #||RGMLE 1359 / 1C3525|
|Release||W 45 - 2021|
|Format||Vinyl - USLP|
|€ 32,99||incl. VAT, excl. shipping|
- Soul Village
- N'Dugu's Prayer
- Those Who Chant
- Keeper Of My Soul
- Blue Bossa
- Sweet Rosa
First-ever vinyl reissue of a long-lost classic!
Contrary to the album title, the name of the band was not The 4th Cycle; instead, as the liner notes put it, the name reflected “Bishop’s composition and improvisational techniques based on the Cycle of 4ths and his various personal musical cycles as performer, student and teacher.” The album also was imbued with a spirituality owed in part to his studies with yogi Parmahansa Yogananda; little wonder, then, that Keeper of My Soul was a more ambitious, electric, and “out” record than its predecessor 'Coral Keys'
With the estimable support of flautist/sax man Hubert Laws, bassist Gerald Brown, and vibraphonist Woody Murray, Bishop explores Keith Jarrett-like free-form passages (“Those Who Chant”), Latin stylings (Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa”), and offers one of the most unusual and funky interpretations of “Summertime” you’ll ever hear. All in remastered sound with liner notes by Pat Thomas.