Turn Me Loose, White Man

“Is ‘Turn Me Loose, White Man’ his treatise on 60 years of American music, plus a companion 30-CD boxed set? Or is it a lovingly curated recording project with the longest set of liner notes in history? Though these two volumes stand on their own, for Mr. Lowe the music and the analysis form a dialogue, an essential call and response, a set of philosophical arguments much like the commentary surrounding religious texts, ‘honed by a mixed sense of aesthetic worship and social consciousness’ that, thankfully, never grows pious.”

—Larry Blumenfeld, “‘Turn Me Loose, White Man’ Review: How to Listen to American Music.” The Wall Street Journal. April 2, 2021.

At $175, from the author’s website, you might think it’s expensive. But 30 CDs and a 2 volume set sounds like an acoustical journey well worth taking. But, YMMV.

The Kozmigroov Konnection (The Cosmic Jazz Groove Connection)

“Kozmigroov is a transgressive improvisational music which combines elements of psychedelia, spirituality, jazz, rock, soul, funk, and African, Latin, Brazillian, Indian and Asian influences culminating into an all encompassing cosmic groove. At its most accomplished, Kozmigroov is both expansive and highly rhythmic, and simultaneously finds connections with the mind, soul and body. (full definition)

Doug Watson created the first Kozmigroov Index in 1997 as a map through a minefield of kozmigroov recordings which range from the drop-dead brilliant to the outrageously bad. The Index moved here (freeform.org) in 2003, and was renamed The Kozmigroov Konnection. The Konnection has grown over the years with help and input from various people within the kozmic community, and continues to grow with contributions from people like you!

The Kozmigroov Konnection

For some future moment when you are thinking want to listen to something a little different, a little funky, etc. The Kozmigroov “A” list and some searching of YouTube is probably not a bad way to go.