What happened? A couple of months with no music? A brother got sick/busy/and whatever else. That’s the way of the world when you get old; there’s always some shit that gets in your way. The upside is I have a lot of new music to share (new to me is the same as new) plus I have some of my favorites on vinyl that I previously only had on CD or tape.
l’m starting things off with one of my favorite songs. l first got hip to this off of the Nuyorican Soul CD back in 1996. I never looked up the song because I assumed that they did it first. Later on I found out one of my new favorite groups, Rotary Connection, originally did it. Of course I couldn’t find that album because that would be too easy, but I finally came across it back in late June.
Brand New Heavies were the shit in the 90s. I wore this CD out! So when I saw it reissued on album, I jumped right on it. The surprise was, it wasn’t the same. The music was a little different and the singer was completely differently. I thought they re-recorded it for the reissue. Nope, wrong. This was the original recording. They were from England, but when they went to break through stateside, they brought in american singer; N’Dea Davenport, to replace Jay Ella Ruth. I like the N’Dea version better (USA!), but of course, that shit is hard to find too. I finally grabbed it for a dollar at an antique show.
Keeping in line with favorites, the last song is the sample from one of my favorite. Or it inspired the song. Jamiroquai‘s third album is the one that blew them up. Everybody has seen the video for Virtual Insanity, and if you haven’t…
I think every mix I did had that song on there. Later on though, I started getting into Alright. It had this groove that was just…chilled. Music to smoke to. 2 weeks ago, someone must have dumped their jazz collection at one of my stops because there were a bunch of albums I hadn’t seen before. There were runs of artist. One of them were 6 albums by Idris Muhammad, who just recently passed away (29 July 2014). This was right after that, so I guess they didn’t have time to do the Dead Price Rise, and the albums were only $2 each.
Idris drummed with some of the jazz greats: Pharoah Sanders, Lou Donaldson, Gene Ammons, Grant Green, etc., but his solo albums had funk, disco, soul incorporations. The first album I listened too was Turn This Mutha Out, which leads out with the lush Could Heaven Ever Be Like This, which I immediately know Jamiroquai stole. I say stole cuz I don’t believe a sample credit is given to Idris on the CD.
Anyway, Operation Grand Re-Re-Re is on. Keep check.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
l Am the Black Gold of the Sun- Rotary Connection
The Brand New Heavies- Stay This Way
Could Heaven Ever Be Like This- ldris Muhammad