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LP released: Feb 26, 2021
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Tracklisting:
1. Birth, Life, And Death
2. In Light Of Blackness
3. Opening Prayer
4. John's Vision
5. Al-nisa
6. Final Expression
BLACK UNITY TRIO
AL-FATIHAH (VINYL)
Label: GOTTA GROOVE RECORDS
Cat No: LGGR2021
Barcode: 659696511217
Packaging: LP

Black Unity Trio - Al Fatihah quite possibly was
the first-ever independently-released free jazz
record. Originating in Oberlin, Ohio as the Black
Unity Quartet, and ultimately becoming the Trio
(Abdul Wadud, Yusuf Mumin, and Hasan Al
Hut), the group recorded Al Fatihah in
December 24, 1968 at Agency Recording
Studio (which was located upstairs in the
building housing the legendary Agora Theatre in
Cleve- land, Ohio). The album ultimately was
released in May 1969 in an edition of 500
copies.
The album has been legendary among
collectors, producers, and DJs in the past
several decades, and has been sampled
numerous times on other releases. Much
mystery surrounded the origins of the album, as
well as the status of the musicians, until 2020
when The Wire published an interview with
Hasan.
Many underground jazz purists know about the
intense, though relatively short-lived hotbed of
avant-garde jazz in Cleveland, Ohio during the
mid-to-late 1960s. Clubs such as Leo's Casino,
Jazz Temple, The Doan Club, Le Cave and a
few private clubs saw many young avant-garde
jazz acts during this time period.