Various Artists

Flying Dutchman Anthology

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The New York-based Flying Dutchman label was founded in 1969 by Bob Thiele, the renowned Impulse house producer who helmed legendary jazz dates by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, and countless others; Flying Dutchman extended the sonic and sociopolitical principles of Thiele's previous work, launching the careers of artists including Gil Scott-Heron and Leon Thomas in addition to releasing albums from artists ranging from Angela Davis to Louis Armstrong. Flying Dutchman Anthology is a welcome if flawed introduction -- many of the label's most enduring efforts don't necessarily lend themselves well to the cut-and-paste compilation process and the selections stick largely to the big-name artists in Thiele's stable (a shame, given how much of the lesser-known Flying Dutchman output is out of print), but the overall quality of the material is so strong that complaints are secondary. Highlights include Scott-Heron's "I Think I'll Call It Morning," Gato Barbieri's "Carnavalito," Pretty Purdie's "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," and Lonnie Liston Smith's "Astral Travelin'."

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