Strata-East Records
Strata-East promotional design with logo. Flyer reads:

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

Founded1971 (1971)
FounderCharles Tolliver
Stanley Cowell
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

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.


SES Series

Catalog Artist Album Notes
SES 1971 Charles Tolliver Music Inc.
SES 1972 Charles Tolliver Live at Slugs' Volume I
SES 1972-0 Charles Tolliver Live at Slugs' Volume II
SES 1972-1 Clifford Jordan In the World
SES 1972-2 Jazz Contemporaries Reasons in Tonality
SES 1972-3 Composer's Workshop Ensemble Composer's Workshop Ensemble
SES 1972-4 Mtume Umoja Ensemble Alkebu-Lan: Land of the Blacks
SES 19730 The 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 19737/8 Clifford 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-19740/1 Charles Tolliver Live at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival
SES 19742 Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson Winter in America
SES 19743 Stanley Cowell Musa: Ancestral Streams
SES 19744 The Descendants of Mike and Phoebe A Spirit Speaks
SES 19745 Charles Tolliver Live in Tokyo
SES-19746 Charlie Rouse Two Is One
SES 19747 Dick Griffin The Eighth Wonder
SES 19748 The John Betsch Society Earth Blossom John Betsch, Billy Pluett, Bob Holmes, Ed "Lump" Williams, Jim Bridges, Phil Royster
SES 19749 Weldon Irvine In Harmony
SES 7410 The Cosmic Twins The Waterbearers John Lewis, Ron Burton
SES 7411 Muriel Winston A Fresh Viewpoint
SES 7412 Shamek Farrah First 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 7416 Keno Duke/Contemporaries Sense of Values
SES 7417 Cecil McBee Mutima
SES 7418 The Ensemble Al-Salaam The Sojourner
SES 7420 Juju Chapter Two: Nia
SES 7421 Jayne Cortez Celebrations and Solitudes
SES 7422 Composer's Workshop Ensemble We'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 19750 The Piano Choir Handscapes 2 Ron Burton, Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, Webster Lewis, Harold Mabern, Sonelius Smith
SES 19752 The Brass Company Colors Bill Hardman, Eddie Preston, Harry Hall, Lonnie Hillyer, Billy Higgins, Sonny Brown, with "special guests"; Charles Tolliver, Clifford Jordan, and Stanley Cowell.
SES 19754 Billy Parker's Fourth World Freedom of Speech Cecil McBee, Cecil Bridgewater, Ronald Bridgewater, Dee Dee Bridgewater
SES 19757 Charles Tolliver Impact
SES 19758 Milton Marsh Monism
SES 19759 Larry Ridley Sum of the Parts Cornell Dupree, Sonny Fortune, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Grady Tate
SES 19760 John Gordon Step By Step Andrew Cyrille, Charles Tolliver, Roland Alexander, Lisle Atkinson
SES 19761 George Russell Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature
SES 19765 Stanley Cowell Regeneration
SES 19766 The Heath Brothers Marchin' On
SES 7610 The Warm Voice of Billy C Where 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 Smith The World of the Children
SES 19772 Bruce Johnson and Rodney Jones The Liberation of the Contemporary Jazz Guitar Duo
SES 19780 John Gordon Erotica Suite Lyle Atkinson, Frank Derrick III, John Miller, James Spaulding, John Gordon, Waymon Reed
SES 8001 Charles Tolliver Compassion
SES 8002 John Hicks Hells Bells Clint Houston, Cliff Barbaro
SES 8003 The New York Bass Violin Choir The New York Bass Violin Choir Lisle Atkinson, Micheal Fleming, Milt Hinton, Richard Davis, Ron Carter, Sam Jones, Bill Lee, Harold Mabern, Sonny Brown, George Coleman

SECD Series

See also


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