I am so tired today. Whenever I blink my eyes, they become longer in duration and I start feeling like I’m falling backwards. This would be cool if it was 23:00 (11:00 p.m. for you civies), but it’s only 14:15 (do the math). My posse is knocked out, and the house is cold and quiet. It’s not a productive environment at the moment. I’m going through the albums just to stay awake.
So I picked and cleaned all the albums and I just sat down for a second. A really long second. Woke up just in time to see Dallas blow the game (cuz they suck), and now I’m watching Cincy putting a clinic on Geno and the Jetssssssss.
Anyway, I’ve picked out a few artist that haven’t had a chance to shine on here yet, which are plenty. I’ve only posted a few from my favorite cats, and have completely passed over others. So today, I’ll hip you to a little Archie Shepp, one of my favorite jazz artist. He blows tenor sax free jazz and was always one of those cats that were Black and proud. He later switched to a hybrid soul/jazz mix of music. Blues for Brother George Jackson is one of his more accessible songs and comes off his Attica Blues album, which is a mournful look at the Attica prison uprising.
Billy Paul is of Me and Mrs. Jones and is mostly known for smokey ballads, but he had a little funky side too. Am I Black Enough For You, sounds like it came out of a blaxploitation movie.
Swahililand sounds just like it’s title. Ahmad Jamal is a sparse player,and only plays the notes that need to be played, like they’re were just waiting for him to pluck them out of the air. Also, this song is sampled by Dilla for De La Soul‘s Stakes Are High, one of their most underrated songs.
I really don’t know anything about Little Sonny, but I grabbed this because The Bar-Kays play the horns on this cut, and it has the funkiest drum break of any Blues song.
The last song comes from the movie, The Mack, which is a bout this cat, Goldie, getting out of jail and starts big pimpin’ his way to being The pimp. and it brings the attention of dirty cops and the mob. It’s whitey keeping his foot on the neck of the brotherman again. The dialog from the movie at the start of the song really says it all. Willie Hutch puts a positive spin on the song, as did Pubic Enemy on their song of the same title.Brothers are still trying to work it out though, black president and all.
I’m going to sleep. Soon as I can actually upload the music.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Blues for Brother George Jackson- Archie Shepp
Am I Black Enough For You- Billy Paul
Swahililand- Ahmad Jamal
Hung Up- Little Sonny
Brothers Gonna Work It Out- Willie Hutch