THE OVERTON BERRY TRIO: 2XLP REISSUE


The Overton Berry Trio: Hey Jude (snippet)
From At Seattle’s Double Tree Inn

The Overton Berry Trio: Jesus Christ Superstar (snippet)
From T.O.B.E. (Light in the Attic 2xLP, 2011)

I’ve actually written about both of these albums in the past and it’s very cool that the Light in the Attic folks decided to put both out as a double-LP set, limited to 1000 copies on vinyl. The group has long had two of more sought-after soul jazz albums to emerge from the Pacific Northwest so it makes sense that Seattle’s […]

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RAY BRYANT AND THE OVERTON BERRY TRIO: FUNKY PIANO



Ray Bryant: Up Above the Rock
From Up Above the Rock (Cadet, 1969)

The Overton Berry Trio: Superstar
From T.O.B.E. (C.E. 196?)

Now this is what I’m talking about when I say hammer drops – fonky fonky fonky piano tunes. Ray Bryant’s “Up Above the Rock” is pretty unf—wittable: hard drums, jabbering piano, and an arrangement that just seems born to make you move. Honestly, I don’t know I’ve heard anything as good as this done on acoustic piano (but if you know of one, please do share).

As for the Overton Berry Trio, […]

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NUBIAN SMACKERS

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Roy Meriwether: Nubian Lady
From Nubian Lady/Live at the Magic Carpet (Stinger, 1973)

Just read the other day that Nature Sounds is reissuing Roy Meriwether’s 1973 private press jazz LP, Nubian Lady. I assumed I probably posted about this at some point but as it turns out…nope.

Nubian Lady sits somewhere in the pantheon of soul-jazz recordings alongside Nathan Davis’s If and The Overton Berry Ensemble’s live album. I have a very soft spot for acoustic soul-jazz – which it a slight breed apart from […]

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BEATLES FOR SOUL

With the release week heard ’round the world, we here at Soul-Sides are celebrating the Beatles by picking some of our favorite Beatles tunes as covered by soul artists. While I know not everyone likes covers (especially of The Beatles), I, as well as Oliver, am always interested in hearing the interpretations artists have within their musical fraternity. Writing songs that have universal appeal is part of the reason why they were so successful. Hear some of the heavy hitters of soul on their takes of some of the best music and lyrics ever written below.

Stevie […]

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