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Label Spotlight: STRATA-EAST

Founded in 1971 by jazz trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell, STRAT-EAST took inspiration from the Detroit’s music-led collective STRATA; record label born prior by former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox in the late 1960s. STRATA-EAST became a vital platform for the independent jazz movement that emerged from civil rights movement in the 1970s and released over 50 albums, all unique and of artistic excellence. However the independent musician-owned label may not have survived if

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