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Mirror Mirror

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"A collector's dream come true, Sam Sander's Mirror Mirror is so rare that the recordings on this album have never before seen a proper release and even the cover art had to be created from scratch. An almost unbelievable fact given that it ranks as one of the strongest releases in the already air-tight era of Strata Inc's Detroit. Although he's been compared to John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Joe Henderson, Sam Sanders stands out as one of the most unique phenomena to come from the Motor City. Drawing on his experience with Motown acts like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Sanders incorporated a fresh soul sound into recordings that would have otherwise been categorized as jazz. As such, Mirror Mirror moves seamlessly between spirit and style. The album starts on the street with 'Inner City Player,' a superfly breakdown of a Detroit hustler's life, before moving into distinctly abstract territory with the melancholy 'Face at My Window.' The experience is held together by a no-nonsense rhythm section featuring the aggressive drumming of Jimmy Allen and the intensely focused bass playing of Ed Pickens. Perhaps the most straight-forward jazz song on the album, 'Lover's Gain' showcases Sanders at his freewheelin' best. And if there was to be any doubt that Mirror Mirror can get funky as hell, look no further than the wah-wah guitar and early synth sounds of 'Funk'ed Up,' easily the greasiest cut on the album. Mirror Mirror has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed on top heavy stock, tip on gatefold jackets. The record is numbered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before photos."