David Nerattini digs into the catalog of the cult jazz label, and uncovers music by Maulawi, Sphere, Bert Myrick and more.
On today’s Extrafly, we’ll focus on one of the most unique independent jazz labels of the 1970s. Founded in Detroit in 1969, by pianist Kenny Cox, Strata started as a music-led organisation, coffee shop, studio, and live venue, releasing six very influential titles, as a record label, and ceasing operation in 1975. In 2013 DJ Amir acquired the rights to Strata’s catalog, and starting re-releasing the albums through his 180 Proof label, including a few unreleased masterpieces like the recent Charles Mingus boxset recorded live at the Strata headquarter in 1973. Over the next two hours we’ll hear tracks by chief Kenny Cox, the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, Sam Sanders, Lyman Woodard, Maulawi, Larry Nozero, and more. So sit back, relax and enjoy this Strata Records special as we celebrate a week of Detroit-themed episodes during Movement Festival during the last week of May.