Past few months / weeks it looked like we could do a special about a musician that recently died almost every week. So we stopped doing them because we like to be more (positive) than a show that remembers the dead. But because we do want to pay our tributes we’ll do them only occasional and not just about one artist (except if one of our absolute heroes leaves us, of course). This week in our radio show we’ll salute David Axelrod, Al Jarreau, Clyde Stubblefield, Larry Coryell and Leon Ware. All artists that are well present in our collections.
Tune in between 21h and 22h to BRUZZ as we go live. Expect also a little report about last Saturday’s Champion Sound Beat Battle.
Leon Ware – Instant Love – Gordy
Leon Ware produced many of the artists we love and most importantly one of our all-time favourite albums, Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”. This comes from his own “Musical Massage” LP made around the same time. Minnie Ripperton, for whom he worked too, joins him on this track.
Al Jarreau – Ain’t No Sunshine – Koala
Great version of this Bill Withers classic by the man most know from his “Roof Garden” track but who has done far more good music. For himself as well as helping out others.
Myra Barnes – The Message From The Soul Sisters (Parts 1 & 2) – People
We all know him as the man playing the Funky Drummer break but this particular one is a James Brown related track with Clyde Stubblefield on drums that’s been a firm favourite for years at Onda Sonora HQ.
Coryell / Mouzon – The Phonse – Atlantic
Larry Coryell with Alphonzo Mouzon who died late last year. Fusion jazz galore on this one. From their Back Together Again album.
David Axelrod – Everything Counts – Fantasy
From his “Heavy Axe” album. Heavy psychedelic funk classic that, as with all other work by the man, is heavily sampled by the beatmaking brigade. We’ve got quite a few albums produced / made by this legend but somehow this is the one that gets on the turntables the most.