Strata-East Records

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Strata-East Records
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In all beginnings... a mystical, magic force, What course, what destiny... determined in time.


Founded1971 (1971)
Founder Charles Tolliver
Stanley Cowell
Genre Jazz
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City
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Strata-East Records is an American record company and label specialising in jazz founded in 1971 by Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell [1] with the release of their first recording Music Inc. The label released over 50 albums in the 1970s. Many of the label's releases are now hailed as prime examples of 1970s post-bop, spiritual jazz, and afro-jazz.

Gil Scott-Heron recorded his 1974 album Winter in America with Brian Jackson for Strata-East. "The Bottle" featured on the album, was a popular single. This album stands as one of the label's best-known recordings.

Clifford Jordan and Bill Lee, father of Spike Lee, were involved in many releases.


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SES 1971 Charles Tolliver Music Inc.
SES 1972Charles Tolliver Live at Slugs' Volume I
SES 1972-0Charles Tolliver Live at Slugs' Volume II
SES 1972-1 Clifford Jordan In the World
SES 1972-2Jazz ContemporariesReasons in Tonality
SES 1972-3Composer's Workshop EnsembleComposer's Workshop Ensemble
SES 1972-4 Mtume Umoja Ensemble Alkebu-Lan: Land of the Blacks
SES 19730The Piano Choir Handscapes Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, Webster Lewis, Harold Mabern, Danny Mixon, Sonelius Smith
SES 19731 Brother Ah Sound Awareness
SES 19732 M'Boom Re: Percussion Roy Brooks, Joe Chambers, Omar Clay, Max Roach, Warren Smith, Freddie Waits, Richard "Pablo" Landrum
SES 19733 Pharoah Sanders Izipho Zam (My Gifts)
SES 19734 Cecil Payne Zodiac Kenny Dorham, Wilbur Ware, Wynton Kelly, Albert Heath
SES 19735 Juju A Message from Mozambique
SES 19736 Charles Brackeen Rhythm X
SES 19737/8Clifford Jordan Glass Bead Games
SES 19739 Billy Harper Capra Black Reggie Workman, Billy Cobham, Elvin Jones, Warren Smith, George Cables, Dick Griffin, Julian Priester, Jimmy Owens
SES-19740/1Charles Tolliver Live at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival
SES 19742Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson Winter in America
SES 19743 Stanley Cowell Musa: Ancestral Streams
SES 19744The Descendants of Mike and PhoebeA Spirit Speaks
SES 19745Charles Tolliver Live in Tokyo
SES-19746 Charlie Rouse Two Is One
SES 19747 Dick Griffin The Eighth Wonder
SES 19748The John Betsch SocietyEarth BlossomJohn Betsch, Billy Pluett, Bob Holmes, Ed "Lump" Williams, Jim Bridges, Phil Royster
SES 19749 Weldon Irvine In Harmony
SES 7410The Cosmic TwinsThe WaterbearersJohn Lewis, Ron Burton
SES 7411Muriel WinstonA Fresh Viewpoint
SES 7412Shamek FarrahFirst Impressions
SES 7413 Charles Sullivan Genesis Alex Blake, Anthony Jackson, Lawrence Killian, Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Hart, Sharon Freeman, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Stanley Cowell, Sonny Fortune, Dee Dee Bridgewater
SES 7416Keno Duke/ContemporariesSense of Values
SES 7417 Cecil McBee Mutima
SES 7418The Ensemble Al-SalaamThe Sojourner
SES 7420JujuChapter Two: Nia
SES 7421 Jayne Cortez Celebrations and Solitudes
SES 7422Composer's Workshop EnsembleWe've Been Around
SES 7423 Sonny Fortune Long Before Our Mothers Cried
SES 7425 Charles Davis Ingia!
SES 7430 Shirley Scott One for Me
SES 7431 Harold Vick Don't Look Back
SES 19750The Piano Choir Handscapes 2 Ron Burton, Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, Webster Lewis, Harold Mabern, Sonelius Smith
SES 19752The Brass CompanyColors Bill Hardman, Eddie Preston, Harry Hall, Lonnie Hillyer, Billy Higgins, Sonny Brown, with "special guests"; Charles Tolliver, Clifford Jordan, and Stanley Cowell.
SES 19754Billy Parker's Fourth WorldFreedom of Speech Cecil McBee, Cecil Bridgewater, Ronald Bridgewater, Dee Dee Bridgewater
SES 19757Charles Tolliver Impact
SES 19758Milton Marsh Monism
SES 19759 Larry Ridley Sum of the Parts Cornell Dupree, Sonny Fortune, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Grady Tate
SES 19760John GordonStep By Step Andrew Cyrille, Charles Tolliver, Roland Alexander, Lisle Atkinson
SES 19761George Russell Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature
SES 19765Stanley Cowell Regeneration
SES 19766 The Heath Brothers Marchin' On
SES 7610The Warm Voice of Billy CWhere Have You Been, Billy Boy?Charles Davis, Bill Lee, Sonny Brown, Kiane Zawadi, Cliff Lee, Stanley Cowell, George Coleman, Eddie Preston
SES 19771 Shamek Farrah and Sonelius SmithThe World of the Children
SES 19772Bruce Johnson and Rodney Jones The Liberation of the Contemporary Jazz GuitarDuo
SES 19780John GordonErotica SuiteLyle Atkinson, Frank Derrick III, John Miller, James Spaulding, John Gordon, Waymon Reed
SES 8001Charles TolliverCompassion
SES 8002 John Hicks Hells Bells Clint Houston, Cliff Barbaro
SES 8003The New York Bass Violin ChoirThe New York Bass Violin ChoirLisle Atkinson, Micheal Fleming, Milt Hinton, Richard Davis, Ron Carter, Sam Jones, Bill Lee, Harold Mabern, Sonny Brown, George Coleman

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  1. West, Michael J. (May 24, 2021). "Strata-East Records: An Oral History". JazzTimes. Retrieved May 25, 2021.