"I had a friend of mine that passed away, and it was a shock to the community. I was kind of depressed when I made it. And to this day, I can’t believe I made it through, the way I was feeling. I guess it was for my boy. When I found the record by Tom Scott, basically I just heard something incredible that touched me and made me cry. It had such a beautiful bassline, and I started with that first. I found some other sounds and then heard some sax in there and used that. Next thing you know, I have a beautiful beat made. When I mixed the song down, I had Charlie Brown from Leaders of the New School in the session with me, and we all just started crying.”
Ive been going through my collection of funk and soul tracks over the last couple hours. I have SO much goodness to share with you, I am not really sure where to start. In keeping with the Mo’ Gravy theme of listing samples/history with the tracks…well, most of what I have is so rare, I am having trouble finding any info on them at all. So for the next while you may see some posts up with no info. If you hear something and you have info, please comment or email me so I can add it to the post.
Wilbur Bascomb And The Zodiacs - "Just A Groove In ‘G’" (1971)
DJ Shadowand Cut Chemist on Brainfreeze Breaks
A very solid record by one of the tightest bass players still performing today. Begins with a nice break before the horns come in, and then that bass. All you have to hear is that “boom boom/boom/boom/boom” and it’s all over. Very tight. Dance to this.
A hit song from The Ohio Players album Contradiction, it spent one week at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart and peaked at number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It would be their last chart-topping single.
"Kashmere High School is located in a predominantly black neighborhood known as Kashmere Gardens in Houston, Texas. Music teacher Conrad O. Johnson attended an Otis Redding concert in 1967 and was inspired to translate the style of the concert into a program he could sustain at the high school in order to create opportunities for his student musicians. The Kashmere Stage Band was born.
During its time, KSB won national championships in high school band competitions and gained a reputation as being unbeatable. Johnson served as band director, arranger, and principal composer for the band. KSB recorded eight albums during its life. The teenagers in the Kashmere Stage Band produced a sound equal to that of the contemporary funk bands the JB’s and the Bar-Kays.”
Handsome Boy Modeling School ft DJ Shadow - "Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)"
A French funk rock band formed in Long Island, New York in 1970, the Lafayette Afro Rock Band is almost unknown in their native United States. They are now universally celebrated as one of the standout funk bands of the 1970s, and admired for their use of break beats. Upon their relocation to Paris, the local music scene influenced the group’s work, and they adopted the name Lafayette Afro Rock Band after releasing their debut LP. The band’s next two LPs, Soul Makossa and Malik, respectively included the songs “Hihache”and “Darkest Light,” which would be sampled in numerous culturally significant hip-hop compositions.
Born in 1940, Ayers grew up in a musical family. At the age of five, Lionel Hampton gave him his first pair of mallets, which led to the vibraphone being his trademark sound for decades. His songs have been sampled hundreds of times. There is so much to read about him…if you are interested in learning more about him click here.
Giorgio Moroder is an Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s and 1980s was a significant influence on new wave, house, techno and electronic music in general. Moroder is the founder of the former Musicland Studios in Munich, which served as a recording home for artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and Queen to Elton John for much of the 1980s and 1990s.
I have made a few slight changes to the Mo’Gravy page to make things more easily read. I am very new to photoshop…I couldn’t figure out how to make the logo transparent..I don’t like the white block behind the logo but oh well. Send feed back if you have an opinion. Hope you all had a great weekend!
Ozomatli is currently an eight piece band (although they have had as many as ten members, and as few as seven), playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock, formed in 1995. Members MC Chali 2na, and turntablist Cut Chemist, from Jurrassic 5, have been involved with the band over the years, among many other musicians.
From the album Odetta Sings, this track is only one of two that Odetta actually wrote herself on the album. "Hit Or Miss" along with her other song "Movin’ It On", are the best songs on the album. Surprisingly, as the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney, Odetta Gordon, Stu Scharf, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards, all made an appearance on the album.
Tony Avlon & The Belairs - "Sexy Coffee Pot" (1969)
Used in The Live Mix, Part 2, an album by Breakestra, this track always adds a postitive tip to any composition. Like, starting your day by waking up to the smell of brewing coffee and hot breakfast! Word
Ok, I’m not really sure where to start with this band. WOW, would seem like a good reaction after listening to songs of theirs from over the last decade+. I myself have recently discovered this band and cannot get enough of them.
Up Bustle And Out, consists of producers Rupert Mould and D. “Ein” Fell, two trip-hoppers hailing from Bristol. They have a passion for funk, soul, jazz, and exotica that led them to forge a unique funky, soulful style.
Eddie began playing in the New Orleans jazz scene and went under the name of Spider Bocage. Schooled in jazz, he is known for his blues, soul and funk recordings, compositions, productions and arrangements. He debuted from Ace Records in 1955 and since then he has released more single records than anyone else in New Orleans other than Fats Domino. May 22nd 1997 was declared “Eddie Bo Day” in New Orleans. His music has been sampled by artists such as, Dj Food, Fat Joe, Dj Quik, Camp Lo, Everlast, Leaders of the New School, and N.W.A…just to name a few…
Might as well post another song that praises the DJ. Released in 1976, not much information is known (yet) of this song or Fried Chicken. Only the die-hard funk freaks knew that there was a slightly different version of this called “Funky Black Man”, also released by Stone. This was used on the brand new Product Placement CD.
Six Days is a DJ Shadow music video/short film directed by Wong Kar-wai. It features Chang Chen of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, and Danielle Graham, one of Asia’s top models. Shadow approached Wong Kar-wai, one of his favorite directors, in an attempt to create a music video unlike his previous ones. Wong also happened to be a fan of Shadow’s music and accepted. The idea was to make a short film revolving around the song’s hook line: “Tomorrow never comes until it’s too late…” The plot is centered on a man (Chang) who, upon discovering his girlfriend (Graham) has cheated on him, tries to destroy all traces of their relationship, eventually realizing that this is futile, as what has happened cannot be undone.
This is a recording from my vinyl copy of “Afrique”, recorded in 1971. This is definitely my favorite jazz album of all time. The Count was an amazing musician who played with many of the worlds best musicians throughout his career. I have probably listened to this album at least 500 times. As most of those times, were me falling asleep to these enchanting solos, “I know this album better than the back of my hand!”
The World’ by Sandi & Matues combines the elevating dancibilty of ‘I Believe in Miracles' with the smooth & sassy sound of Marlena Shaw and the always-a-winner feelgood factor of 'Blackgold of the Sun’. The potent lead vocal is surrounded by bouncing backing vocals with stunning results. It is also one of those records so rare that only ONE original copy is known to exist, that being in the enviable hands of DJ Keb Darge.
First released as “Puttin’ It Onya” in 1978 in the UK, this LP was renamed “Dancealot" for its 1979 US release on Polydor, including "The Bitch", which in this instance replaced a track called "Breakout", that appeared only on the UK version.
Street Player had previously been released by the band Rufus in 1978. I know that this song is leaning more towards disco, but the break in this song has been a staple in Dj’s crates for a while as a anthem for many breakers world wide.
Ornette Coleman - Space Church (continuous services)
Its time for some Ornette Coleman. The free jazz pioneer’s output is so rich with beauty, and so varied in texture, that each period of his long career is ripe with astonishment. From 1987’s “In All Languages”, a brilliant double album containing half quartet, half Prime Time recordings, here is the quartet version of “Space Church”. One of his many slow haunting melodies, this track is given an extra ‘spacey’ feel by the faster tempo of the rhythm section, the jangling background (not sure what that is), and the strange bending electronic sound that pops up a few times to great effect.
Ornette Coleman was 56 when this was recorded, but as always his playing and composition show incredible creativity and vitality. The late Don Cherry on trumpet, and the untouchable rhythm section of bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins round out the quartet.
I know a Filipino broad, she gets me Marlboros on the cheap for when I want to sit on my thinkin’ sofa, with the lights out, and just smoke…all night long. In the dark. Smoke. With a pistol in my hand, and a girl on my mind.