Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble :: Hard Luck Soul

Hard Luck Soul, originally pressed in 1971, is the result of a single recording session by the Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble, a group led by Ohio State Penitentiary inmates Reynard Birtha and Logan Rollins, nephew of Sonny. The story goes that the two men — on trumpet and alto sax, respectively — were the lone talents in their ensemble, left to choose from the slim pickings of the prison pit band . . .

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