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Al Jarreau – Spain

So, I have been slowly counting down (in the wrong order) my favorite Al Jarreau tunes.

  1. Since I fell for you
  2. Wee B DoinIt
  3. Better Than Anything

Now, for #4

Artist: Al Jarreau
Tune: Spain (Live)

Although I really like the live version (too much Steve Gadd on drums and not enough Al singing), I love the album version. You can feel the full range of Al’s voice in this tune. He hits the rapid fire notes – I can remember the rain in the December the leaves are brown on the ground. Damn that’s just great.  You also have free flowing long, luscious tones. It is just wonderful. Enjoy.

The Great Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire has died

There were few groups who enjoyed the success of Earth, Wind and Fire. Maurice White was the force behind the group. For about a 5 – 7 year period, Earth, Wind and Fire were the best in the land. Their concerts were legendary. Their sound was uniquely soulful. Their horn section was the best.

From Rolling Stone:

Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. A rep for the band confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone. He was 74.

The singer had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992, according to TMZ. His health had reportedly deteriorated in recent months. Because of the disease, he had not toured with the pioneering soul and R&B group since 1994. He nevertheless remained active on the business side of the group.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” White’s brother and bandmate Verdine wrote in a statement. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

“The light is he, shining on you and me,” the band added on Twitter.

White, who formed the group with Verdine in 1969, helped innovate a lush, eclectic style with Earth, Wind and Fire that drew inspiration from funk, jazz, R&B and Latin music – as well as Sly Stone and James Brown – for a unique sound that set the tone for soul music in the Seventies. The springy, elastic soul-pop of “Shining Star,” which White co-wrote, earned them their first Number One, and paved the way for hits like the joyful “Sing a Song,” the percussive and brassy “September,” their swinging cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” and the robotic disco of “Let’s Groove.” Rolling Stone included the group’s sweetly smooth 1975 single, “That’s the Way of the World,” on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. (more…)

Here are my top 5 EWF tunes:

#5 – After the Love was Gone

#4 – Reasons

#3 – Sing a Song

#2 – Shining Star

#1 – Got to Get You into My Life

 

 

James Brown – Cold Sweat

Artist: James Brown
Tune: Cold Sweat

This tune just has an understated power and groove.

Released July 1967, “Cold Sweat” is a song performed by James Brown and written with his bandleader Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis. Brown recorded it in May 1967. An edited version of “Cold Sweat” released as a two-part single on King Records was a #1 R&B hit and reached number seven on the Pop Singles chart. The complete recording, over 7 minutes long, was included on an album of the same name.