This rare, early recording from Bill Cole represents the first of a seven-part series of concerts he performed at Dartmouth College in the late 1970's. Cole developed these major works based on the philosophy of the Ibo of Nigeria, taught to him by Fela Sowande, which holds that the human soul reincarnates seven times. Each of the “Seven Cycles” increased in length and size – ranging from the First Cycle (featuring Sam Rivers and Warren Smith) to later Cycles that included as many as 40 musicians, drumming ensembles and Gospel choirs. As mentioned above, this first cycle, recorded in the Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Centre, Dartmouth College, on the 1st of August 1975, features Bill Cole (Indian shenai, voice), Sam Rivers (tenor saxophone and piano) and Warren Smith (drums, kettle drums, marimba and percussion).

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to