Dec 132013
 

Deodato 2001

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prelude_(Deodato_album)

Prelude, also known as 2001, is a 1972 album of Brazilian keyboardist Eumir Deodato. With the signature track “Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)” (an arrangement of the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), Prelude would be the biggest hit Deodato and CTI Records ever had.

The album features guitarist John Tropea on three tracks, bassists Ron Carter and Stanley Clarke, and Billy Cobham on drums.

The funk-influenced version of the “Introduction” from Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, entitled “Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)”, won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went to No. 2 in the pop charts in the US, No. 3 in Canada, and No. 7 in the UK.

Oct 232011
 

TopCat (aka Apollo Treed) is back with an instrumental album of smooth shit titled “Pass My Robe“. Specifically, this release is “a smooth alternative to the commercial radio garbage” that exists in the world. This album is “pure Hip hop / jazz fusion to soothe the soul!”

Btw, if you’re not familiar with TopCat and his work, you need to head on over to check out his podcast SOUPKITCHEN EXCLUSIVES as fast as you can. I just listened to the latest episode yesterday and not only are there some fire gems on the podcast, Top breaks shit down on the mic unlike no other. Go get yourself some knowledge and tell me thanks later. –P

TopCat:
Bandcamp – http://soupkitchen.bandcamp.com/
SOUPKITCHEN EXCLUSIVES – http://topcat771.podomatic.com/

Aug 042010
 

The caption on this one is:

“Never before in the history of show business have so many working black entertainers congregated in one city at the same time. During one week this winter, the above performers were appearing in Las Vegas with still additional stars (see marquees on opposite page) starting the next week.  Pictured 1st row, left to right, George Kirby, Harry Belafonte, Nancy Wilson, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald (half hidden), Billy Eckstine and Joe Williams;  2nd row, Redd Foxx, Billy Daniels, conductor George Rhodes, Herb Mills, and Donald Mills of the Mills Brothers, Jimmy Randolph and 3rd row, Harry Mills, Sonny Charles, music conductors Bobby Tucker, Paul Curry, and Tommy Flannigan.”

My question to you…do we even have enough black star power today to make a photo worthy of being in the same class with this?