• Sounds of Liberation

Philadelphia has produced as many jazz greats as any American city of its size (Ethel Waters, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Smith), but nearby New York has consistently leached away its talent. Despite this outflow, Philly has always maintained a strong local scene: though the Big Apple was the center of the free-jazz movement, there was still intriguing activity 90 minutes to the southwest. In recent years some of the most obscure documents of that scene have been resurrected on CD.