“Sleep is such a luxury, which I can’t afford.”

Insomnia

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:

 

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Blues for Brother George Jackson- Archie Shepp

 

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Am I Black Enough For You- Billy Paul

 

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Swahililand- Ahmad Jamal

 

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Hung Up- Little Sonny

 

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Brothers Gonna Work It Out- Willie Hutch

 

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Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

 

yeah,yeah,yeahIt’s Beatles Covers 2: Electric Boogaloo. Yes, every part 2 of anything is Electric Boogaloo. Ask Turbo. We have cuts from George Benson, Nina Simone, Ramsey Lewis, Richie Havens, and Aretha Franklin. Nina has to be my favorite cut, cuz its Nina! And it’s Revolution but it’s not. The version I really remember of Richie Haven doing Here Comes the Sun is this:

…where he just burns the guitar up. I can’t find this version on any album, so I lifted this track from YouTube.

George and Ramsey put the George and Ramsey touch to their versions, it’s their signature sounds. There was an earlier post from George’s The Other Side of Abbey Road, if you’ve been paying attention (that’s actually my favorite Beatles song). And Aretha, she does only what she knows to do and “sangs”.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Here Comes the Sun- Richie Havens

 

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Day Tripper- Ramsey Lewis

 

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Aretha Franklin- Let It Be

 

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Revolution (Parts I & II) Nina Simone

 

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The End- George Benson

 

A little bonus action, it was hard to leave out Wes Montgomery, so I didn’t.

 

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Elanore Rigby- Wes Montgomery

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I Hates Bug Music!

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Nah, not really. Except for the Hatrocks, it seems like everyone has at least a little love for The Beatles. Especially soul and jazz musicians. There are tons of Beatles covers out in the jazz world. I’ve only been through a quarter of my collection, and have found enough songs to make up a few post. So the next few post are all Beatles inspired. Surprise!!! I’ve gone over a few albums, but I need to get my Beatles knowledge up. I can recognize the obvious cover song, but if I came across (googling) Lovely Rita, I’d skip right over it, so I’m sure there will be future post to cover everything. Remember, I’m only adding songs that are within my collection, so if you’re looking for Booker T. & The M.G.’s doing Michelle, it’s not posted because I don’t have it on an album (yet).

I’m kicking of the post with the song that was the catalyst for these next few post… Bill Cosby doing Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. This was done way before Cosby was the Uncle Ruckus that he is today. This is when he was starting the first pinnacle of his career (yes, his lucky ass has had 2 pinnacles. Makes no sense, but it’s Bill, man!). I say this because he had several, well selling comedy albums by this point, and actually had an album of him singing (in that Cosby way):  1967’s Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings. You would think this would have stopped Bill from attempting any more singing, but he came back the next year with Hooray For the Salvation Army Band! It’s pretty much like his previous singing effort. You have Bill putting the Cosby stylings on popular songs such as Reach Out (I’ll Be There) and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. But at least had the sense to make sure the music is tight, and has The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band  (of Express Yourself fame), backing him up, as they had on his previous singing endeavor. The shit just makes me laugh cuz I can imagine Dr. Huxtable giving his lines and dancing and throwing out one of his million-dollars-look like this, this and especially this. Minus the Coogis, of course.

Anyway, thanks to Bill to being the inspiration of something positive rather than being the go to guy for Fox when they need a quote from someone black, putting down other blacks. I get what you’re doing, I even agree with some of it. Go say it in front of the people who need to hear it and stop putting business out in the street. I’m just saying.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band- Bill Cosby

 

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A Hard Day’s Night- The Ramsey Lewis Trio

 

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Come Together- The Brothers Johnson

 

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We Can Work It Out- Dionne Warwick

 

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