Monday, February 20, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
|The Beatles Abbey Road|
In 1970, Booker T was a huge fan of The Beatles Abbey Road album, so much so that we wanted to record a tribute to the album as well.
You may ask, why were a few of the soul and jazz greats so attracted to The Beatles Abbey Road? Surely, they could sense the musical brilliance of the fab four, as Booker T commented later on how attracted he was to the chords they used, and the melodies that came out of the chords. This is probably why an outstanding band like The MGs could turn a beautiful track like "Because" into a beautiful, soulful instrumental. Great bands and musicians respected The Beatles musical chops.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Taken off of Bobby Hutcherson's 1966 release Happenings, "Aquarian Moon" starts out slow, then begins to seriously cook a little over a minute into the song. A great opening track to a great album!
I love me some good CTI albums, and Milt Jackson's Sunflower is one of my favorite albums from the label. With an all-star cast featuring the likes of Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard, I decided to feature the song "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life". This is a moody opening song for an album, but I love it. Some people argue that CTI's releases can sound overproduced, especially with the added strings. However, the strings on "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" add a mysterious, soundtrack-like quality to the composition that I really enjoy.
I have a lot of Roy Ayers albums, but my favorite track of his is "Coffy Is The Color" off of the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film that he composed. His vibe solo near the end of the track is amazing. Seriously cooks, and like many of Ayers releases, you can't go wrong with it.