Rick Holmes: Remember to Remember + The Unknowledgeable One
From 12″ (Gold Mink, 1981)
Picked this up at Record Jungle the other week: a really strange 12″ produced by Roy Ayers, featuring L.A. radio DJ Rick Holmes. Some of you might already be familiar with Holmes since his voice graces the Cannonball Adderley Love, Sex, and the Zodiac album but I didn’t realize he went onto record something with Ayers, a decade later.
Musically, this is vintage post-disco Ayers; very groovy and soulful. Holmes though… He’s ok in [...]
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During the first half of the last season of Breaking Bad, I was watching this scene from the episode “Hazard Pay” and my first thought was, “what song is this???”
And as it turns out…it was this:
The Peddlers: On a Clear Day
From Three In a Cell (Epic, 1968)
I’m only slightly familiar with this British trio, mostly because of their awesome Suite London, which I wrote about back in 2007. But only recently, that was the only LP of theirs I ever owned. I slept on Three In a Cell and their marvelous [...]
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Question from Gilberto: “What song was recorded first? Marcus Belgrave’s Space Oddissey or Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay? Been always curious about that one.”
Answer: Through the magic that is Google, the “Red Clay” recording sessions were laid down in late January of 1970 so we can presume “Red Clay” was originally composed sometime in early 1970 or late 1969. Tribe Records, for whom Marcus Belgrave recorded Gemini II, didn’t even release its first album until 1972 and Gemini II, on which “Space Odyssey” appeared, didn’t appear until 1974.
So I’m going to have to go with Freddie on this one: [...]
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Johnny Pate: Constant Wind
From Outrageous (MGM, 1970)
I recently copped a Pate LP that I should have probably had years ago: Set a Pattern. It’s one of those “big in the ’90s/diggers” albums given the inclusion of “Look of Love” but as nice a Bacharach cover as it is, it’s a cut that really has no major function except for sample filing.
In contrast, I had totally forgotten about another one of Pate’s LPs from the same era: Outrageous. To me, it’s also a bit of a [...]
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This isn’t some grand insight but what I find remarkable about the career of the late Donald Byrd was his ability to span so many different phases of jazz. For a cat who started in the bebop era, he bridged from there into post-bop, dabbled a bit in free, became one of the giants of the soul jazz era, and then became a massive force during the heyday of fusion. The vast majority of artists – of any genre – have trouble transitioning between even micro-changes in musical styles.1 Donald Byrd [...]
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