WHO FLIPPED IT BETTER?: GAP MANGIONE’S “DIANA IN THE AUTUMN WIND”

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Gap Mangione: Diana In the Autumn Wind b/w The XIth Commandment
From 7″ (GRC, 1968)

There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be jazz records on 7″ yet I admit I’m always a little surprised to see them when they pop up. I suppose I always imagine that 7″ singles were mostly for jukeboxes (not completely untrue) and the idea of someone at a juke joint popping in and saying, “I want to hear me some jazz!” strikes me as incongruous but hey, whatever floats your boat.

In any case, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this 7″ existed, pairing two of the best songs from Mangione’s sought-after Diana In the Autumn Wind album. I’m not sure how jazz fans originally responded to this album back when it dropped – all said, it’s a pretty damn good jazz-funk effort (though of course, this is precisely what many purists in the ’60s would have likely hated about it).

Like many, the song that turned me onto the title track was Slum Village’s “Fall In Love,” circa 2000:1

Slum Village: Fall In Love
From Fantastic Vol. 2 (Good Vibe, 2000)

As it turns out, I’d have to guess Dilla was up on this album at least two years prior since he was part of the Ummah team that produced ATCQ’s The Love Movement and therefore, likely would have had a hand in sampling from Mangione’s album for “Pad and Pen.”

Two years later and the album suddenly appeared on three different albums by three different artists (including Slum V). Ghostface was the first that year to get a Mangione-sampled track to market. Then, by early summer, People Under the Stairs followed suit, using two songs from Diana to make two different tracks, including this:

People Under the Stairs: Fredly Advice (hidden track)
From Question In The Form Of An Answer (Om, 2000)
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Then, years later, when Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson were prepping the Suite for Ma Dukes, they riffed on “Diana” for their interpolation of “Fall In Love”:

Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Fall In Love
From Suite for Ma Dukes (Mochilla, 2009)

Dilla managed to revisit this same song three years later when he looped a different part for the Jaylib project:

Jaylib: The Official
From Champion Sound (Stones Throw, 2003)
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Personally, it’s hard to beat S.V.’s “Fall In Love” as the best flip of it but I do commend Dilla and Madlib for taking another part of the song and totally making it work for “The Official.” What say you?


Far as I know, no one’s bothered to work with “The XIth Commandment” but pretty damn tasty with all that electric piano and snappy drum work, plus that unexpected bridge section with the piped in applause noise.

  1. I can’t remember if I heard it off of 12″ first or on an advance of Fantastic Vol. 2.
  2. Assuming Wikipedia is right…the two albums dropped within a week of one another so this is one of those cases of a complete coincidence in sampling happening around the same time. It happens more times than you’d think – one of the wonders of music-making.
  3. I love this kind of revisiting; Premier did it too.

SUMMER SONGS 2010: JARED BOXX


Ghostface Killah feat. Raekwon, RZA and Slick Rick: The Sun
Deleted from Bulletproof Wallets (Epic, 200*)

(Editor’s note: Ever since he worked at the original Sound LIbrary in the East Village, Jared Boxx has become one of the city’s favorite merchants of grooves, as celebrated for his record knowledge as he is for a disposition a gazillion times sunnier than what you’ll find at some other boutiques. Outside of his new store – Big City – Boxx stays busy as part of the Bump Shop crew, guesting on radio and dropping his own killer soul mixes. For his summer song post, Jared went with one of my all-time favorite Wu-related rarities. –O.W.)

Thanks O-Dub for the invitation

to shine a light on my favorite summer jam.
Not an easy task, but grab some cold funky lemonade and let’s go..it’s summertime.
All versions of George Gershwin’s masterpiece “Summertime” would do just fine.
Hard not to not choose, Sly Stone’s “Hot Fun In the Summertime”
or Quincy Jones & Valerie Simpson’s amazing rendition of “Summer in the City”
Kool & the Gang’s “Summer Madness”
has to be on the list, perfect song for any long hot summer night
I recently imagined what it must have been like to hear
“Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Roy Ayers for the first time, in the summer of 1976,
or having in the tape deck Zapp & Roger’s “Computer Love” in that summer of ’85
Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet” changed my life in the summer of 1990.
and Spike Lee presenting new possibilities with ice cubes in “Do the Right Thing”
Hard to imagine the summer of ’91 without DJ Jazzy Jeff’s & the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime”
or ’92 without Organized Konfusion’s “Walk Into The Sun”
95’s anthem “How High” by Redman & Method Man, is also a top contender
I stumbled across “Ballin” by Above the Law from their “Livin Like Hustlers” L.P. recently,
and also deserves a honorable mention.
but Soul-sides followers for me, the winner has to be…
“The Sun” by Ghostface feat. Raekwon, Slick Rick & the Rza,
reminding us of who is really behind all this summer fun
The Sun