Chastisement/Freedom Express

The Last Poets

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Chastisement/Freedom Express Review

by Jason Ankeny

Some 16 years separated the releases of Chastisement and Freedom Express, both found on this two-fer; the former, from 1972, is by far the stronger of the two -- recorded with former jazz drummer Suliaman El Hadi, it added jazz and funk to the group's fix to forge a new sound which they dubbed "jazzoetry." 1988's Freedom Express was the re-formed group's second comeback LP, and although it lacks the potency of their earlier work, it's still worth hearing.

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