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Isaac Hayes' Black Moses and other albums

Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, 1972

TO CLAIM to have found a representative selection of black music on four records is patently absurd, but as a random cross-section of what’s approximately happening, the above clutch of recent issues give rise to some interesting conclusions. With one exception, the ‘blacker’ the music is, the more powerful it is. Thus Rahsaan Roland Kirk, supposedly an esoteric, isolated jazz figure, far removed from the current musical spectrum, is playing music that emits far more energy, more power, more soul that the amazingly turgid Isaac Hayes, currently being touted as the leading figure in contemporary black music.

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