Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Cosmic Twins - 'The Waterbearers" (1974)





Time for some Strata East spiritual jazz.
I uploaded this to Ish's "wants" list a few months back, but it's worth a page of its own. The Cosmic Twins are Ron Burton on piano and John Lewis on drums. The combination of Burton's thick chord clusters and running arpeggios with Lewis' tightly tuned tom drums means that the lack of a bass is not really felt. It's a modal spiritual affair, harmonically recalling mid-period Lonnie Liston Smith (but without the rhodes), or the "nice" bits in those long Pharoah Sanders Impulse dates.

I found this years and years ago via a fileshare - it's a 128kb vinyl rip, but surprisingly good quality for that. I forgot to number the tracks, so take a note of the order below.

Cosmic Twins - the waterbearers 



Strata East 
Catalogue #: SES-7410

Country: USA

Released: 1974



Drums – John Lewis 

Piano – Ron Burton 


Engineer Ronald Blau 

Producer – the Cosmic Twins 


Recorded at Minot Sound Studios Inc., N.Y, 1974


A1
 Back To Back / The Waterbearers (6:30)


A2
 Lysistrata (6:35)

A3
 A Letter To Mom (5:50)


B1
 For Don Byas And Ben Webster (6:50)

B2
 Fertility Dance / Kente (7:00)

B3 One For O.J. (Simpson) (6:23)


16 comments:

IR e L a IXI said...

sup!! i found your blog through the growing bin.
thanks for the uploads!!

alex said...

many thanks simon for this great album!

Djalma said...

Great one! I like it although I got confused on the whole track listing stuff... Thanks...

P.S. By the way, I've linked you up on my blog as well...


P.S.2 Take a listen and tell me what do you think about my Tihomir Pop Asanovic post... I think you'll like it cause the man has some serious killer rhodes on that one! Peace...


Djalma

Simon666 said...

Thanks Irela(x), alex and djalma, glad you're enjoying it, and stay tuned for more Strata East soon ...

Djalma, thanks for the link!
And thanks also for the Tihomir Pop Asanovic album , just been listening. My fave is still the "Berlin / Hot Pants Rd" track, but i've also been getting into the sexy breathy "Ostavi Trag" number and that "Telepathy" one ...

Guys, you should head over to
http://djalma-soulfood.blogspot.com/
and check out his stuff.

invisiblenigma said...

Thanks For this excellent Jazz Piece. Nice!

Simon666 said...

hi folks, those of you who liked the Cosmic Twins record may also like the John Betsch Society "Earth Blossoms" album that I just added, also from Strata-East Records. Go here :
http://neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com/2008/05/earth-blossom-john-betsch-society-1974.html

Mr. Wone said...

One for O.J.........

Brotha had a theme song from The Waterbearers.......

People..... Thank simon666 more often. The cat is a curator of musical history.

On behalf of the lethal leechers, we salute you for your graciousness, persistence and devout commitment to the gallery of greatness which is this blog.

The captcha at the bottom's first three letters spell d-i-g....... how appropriate.

Thank you

Mr. Wone said...

Correction: I mean "The Cosmic Twins"

RG_one said...

sample sounds nice, thx

Simon666 said...

thanks guys, glad you like it

yungbdaproducer said...

im new to ur blog and see how hard you work to put effort into these classic crates and i just want to let you know that your work is defently appreciated keep it up

zhao said...

just leaving one thanks for the 300 things i'm getting from this blog today. your efforts to keep this amazing music which defies convention and commercial sensibilities alive is deeply appreciated.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING!!! Thanks Simon!

El Mafufo said...

Great stuff as always - molto grazie.

Hoochie Coochie man said...

DAMN!! this is GOOD!! Thanks Simon.

ryanb said...

Thank you for this!