SEDITION ENSEMBLE - Regeneration Report LP
Released on Mongomery’s Context Music label, Regeneration Report got some notice, but not what it deserved. The music is a tough blend of funk, jazz, no wave, and Latin - very strong stuff that sounds as fresh today as it did in 1981. It was the lyrics that kept the Sedition Ensemble from a larger audience. Revolutionary words with absolutely no compromise, Montgomery and McCauley attack injustance and give an analysis of the world as stark it is true. Their message is sadly still relevant today.
The lazyman’s description of Sedition Ensemble is this: Take the stripped down funkiness of ESG and combine it with the Last Poets’ funk militancy, Fela Kuti’s horn section hipped on free jazz from the 70s New York loft scene, then add a bit of Eddie Palmieri ‘s Harlem River Drive Orchestra.
A private pressing when independent labels had weak distribution, Regeneration Report never sold a lot of records. Few copies made it off the East Coast. Nowadays, original copies fetch good money in collectors’ circles. We at Sol Re Sol Record are proud to reissue this great LP. The vinyl has been remastered by John Golden and is housed in an old style tip-on sleeve and includes liner notes by band founder Ed Montgomery. (Sol Re Sol)