I’m up late again so it feels only right to go with another late night tune. Last night it was drunken cumbia, but it’s raining outside now and for whatever reason soul jazz is what I need with winter rain. This particular record by Hysear Don Walker not only sounds perfect on a rainy night, but the later you listen to it the better it sounds. Play it at 2:45 AM and I guarantee you won’t regret the fact that you’re up way too late.
Just a little something for a quiet low-key Sunday afternoon. If you are already familiar with Ramsey Lewis‘ classic record Maiden Voyage then you know that this follow up LP Another Voyage from 1969 in his trio setup (Eldee Young on bass and Red Holt on drums) is not to be slept on.
Founded in 1948, Chicago’s Thompson Community Singers are the nation’s oldest existing community choir. This track comes from their incredible 1960 album “I’ll Trade a Lifetime”. Given the historical context and the turbulent decade that lay ahead, one has the sense that when a hundred voices get together and sing the word “Power!” over and over, they aren’t only talking about Jesus. I grew up going to church every Sunday. If we’d had a choir like this one, I’d probably still go.