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The Crusaders – Put It Where You Want It

June 11, 2009

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The Crusaders

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Listen – The Crusaders – Put It Where You Want It – MP3″

Greetings all.

I hope you’ve all weathered the week and are ready to dig in to the weekend.
I sure as hell am….

If you’re in the area, and feel like getting down to the sounds of soul and funk spun exclusively on the 7”/45RPM format, then you could do no better than to fall by the world famous Asbury Lanes for the latest installment of the legendary Asbury Park 45 Sessions. Now halfway through it’s third year, the AP45 Sessions have become a local institution, featuring the deepest crates in the area, including my own (natch), and those of DJ Prestige, DJ Prime Mundo, Jack the Ripper, MFasis, DJ Bluewater and an ever impressive revolving cast of guest selectors.
I spent some time this week pulling some heat from the crates, which mixed with several interesting recent acquisitions ought to make for a sweet set.

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The tune I bring you today is an old fave. Though the name of the Crusaders was very familiar when I was a kid, I cannot for the life of me remember where or when I first heard ‘Put It Where You Want It’. I have a vague recollection of it being used as incidental music by someone, perhaps on a TV or radio show back in the day, but I can’t be sure.
Truth be told, for a long time I knew it was a Crusaders’ song, but didn’t know the title, once buying the ‘Street Life’ CD from a record club because a friend had assured that that was their big hit, and probably what I was looking for. ‘Street Life’ was in fact the band’s biggest hit (in 1979), but as it turns out, the tune I was looking for may not have been their biggest hit, but it was indeed their first (in 1972).
The Crusaders started out in their hometown on Houston, TX (in the mid-50s) as the Swingsters, at one time including Hubert Laws in the line-up of their next incarnation, the Modern Jazz Sextet. The core of the group – keyboardist Joe Sample, saxophonist Wilton Felder, drummer Stix Hooper and trombonist Wayne Henderson – relocated to California in 1960 and started operating under the name Jazz Crusaders.
The Jazz Crusaders recorded 19 (?!?) albums between 1961 and 1971 for Pacific Jazz and Chisa, playing a soulful variation on hard bop, as well playing countless session dates individually and collectively. They dropped the “Jazz” from their name in 1971 and becoming simply the Crusaders. It was under the new, truncated moniker that the group took on a funkier edge.
The tune I bring you today, ‘Put It Where You Want It’ is from the 1972 LP ‘1’, and as I mentioned before was the very first hit for the Crusaders, making into the R&B Top 40 and falling just outside the Pop Top 50. Featuring Joe Sample’s rolling electric piano and the guitar of Larry Carlton, ‘Put It Where You Want It’ is a perfect, summertime head-nodder, as well as a fine example of certain jazzy style of West Coast R&B that wound its way into the sound of groups like Steely Dan, Stuff and the later Doobie Brothers.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll be back on Monday with something funky(er).

Peace

Larry

NOTE: Don’t forget to fall by Viva Internet Radio Tonight at 9PMEST for the latest edition of the Funky16Corners Radio Show. You can always check out the show (and many pastshows) in the archive.

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NOTE: If you haven’t yet checked out the new funk 45 mix I did for Galactic Fractures, head on over there and pull down the ones and zeros.

PS Don’t forget to head over to Iron Leg for some more pop.

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Wildare Express – A River’s Invitation

March 12, 2009

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Reuben Wilson

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Listen – Wildare Express – A River’s Invitation – MP3″

Greetings all.

I hope the end of the week finds you all well enough to sit up, and dig some swinging, soulful Hammond organ (a condition I find myself in the grips of almost constantly).
This time out, the Hammond in question is being worked masterfully by one of the greats of the funk and soul organ, Mr Reuben Wilson and his group the Wildare Express.
Wilson, who was born in Oklahoma, but grew up in California where he was influenced by Billy Larkin and Richard Groove Holmes.
Wilson moved to New York in 1966 and formed the Wildare Express (also billed as the Wildare Trio) with drummer Tommy Derrick and a guitarist who’s name has been lost to the ages (it doesn’t help that he wasn’t credited on the group’s album). Wildare Express recorded a number of 45s and one full length album for the Brunswick label, all of them featuring Wilson on the organ.
The group’s sound is pretty pure soul jazz, covering a number of genre standards (like today’s selection) as well as contemporary pop material (like the b-side of this 45, a cover of ‘Walk On By’).
‘A River’s Invitation’, written and originally recorded by the great Percy Mayfield. The song is an unusual one, combining an uplifting melody with vaguely macabre lyrics (in which the river invites the protagonist, in search of a lost love, to drown himself). Though there have been dozens of vocal covers of the song, I’ve mainly known the song over the years as an instrumental – including another organ version by Leon Haywood that I posted here some years ago.
The Wildare Express version moves along at a nice clip, opening with a statement of the melody on the sax (no idea who it is) and rhythm guitar, before Wilson comes in blazing about halfway through the record.
I’ve always found Reuben Wilson to be an underrated player. He had a great style, combining a solid jazz feel with a soulful edge. He did do a lot of soul and funk cover material, which 40 years on endears him to crate diggers (his records have been sampled a number of times) but may have been responsible for a position in the second rank of Hammond masters.
After the dissolution of the Wildare Express, Wilson signed with Blue Note and recorded five albums, before moving to Groove Merchant in the early 70s for another three, and then to Cadet for one album in 1975. He has spent the last 30+ years recording for a variety of independent labels.
As far as I know none of the Wildare Express material has been reissued, and aside from the tune I’m posting here, you’ll have to go out and dig for the rest.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll be back on Monday.

Peace

Larry

NOTE: It’s a little late to catch the show from the beginning, but don’t forget to fall by Viva Internet Radio Tonight at 9PMEST for the latest edition of the Funky16Corners Radio Show. You can always check out the show (and many pastshows) in the archive.

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Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers – Raw Funky b/w Funky16Corners On the Road

March 3, 2009

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Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers

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Listen – Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers – Raw Funky – MP3″

Greetings all.

I hope all is well with you as the magnetic center of the week approaches.
I was all groovy gravy until the Winter Warlock fell by and dropped like a foot of wet, heavy snow on my driveway, and then (you just knew an “and then” was coming, dincha??) to add insult to injury, causing even further injury (oh yes) my goddamn motherf@#& snowblower – which coincidentally hasn’t been started in two years (thanks in large part to an extended dearth of snow in our region) refused to cooperate (i.e. start) and I was forced to take the manual approach to snow removal which left my back, knees and shoulders shredded like wet tissue paper, so it’s something of a miracle that I can even type without breaking into tears (god bless pain medicine).
Anyway (dot dot dot)

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Now that the run on sentence is out of my system I must remind you that the end of this week will see myself and my man DJ Prestige packing our vinyl into the Funky16Corners-mobile (a sporty 2003 Honda Odyssey mini van with baby seats and kid garbage strewn about the floor) and motoring down to the nation’s capitol to spread some Asbury Park 45 Sessions style love with the vintage funk 45s, first at Moneytown (at Dahlak) in DC on Friday night 3/6 and then the following night (look at us we’re Grand Funk freaking Railroad) in Richmond, VA at Mercy! (at Cous Cous), two of the finest funk and soul parties below the line of Mason and Dixon.
This promises to be a very groovy experience as we love the vinyl thing, as well as the fact that we are going to be able to meet up with some old friends, new friends and such, and maybe (just maybe if sleep and energy allows) get in a touch of digging.
If you are within driving distance of either party it would be very cool if you would stop by and say howdy.
As a result of the travel and the plans and what not this will be the last post of the week. Because of that, I figured that the record in question should be something cool, so I reached into my bag of tricks (a la Felix) and pulled out a fairly recent acquisition.
The sounds of Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers has been featured herein several times in the past, mainly because one of those records – ‘I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)’ – is one of my all time faves.
I’m always on the lookout for Rex Garvin sides I don’t have, and late last year, at one of the AP45 Sessions the 45 Killer brought down a box of sale stuff and in it was a copy of today’s selection, ‘Raw Funky’ by Mr Garvin and his Cravers.
Rex wasn’t lying when he named this song, on account of its being both raw and funky, with a taste of the James Brownian vibe plus a soupcon of something a little more free and chaotic (which is how Rex rolled) and the end result is most excellent.
Pull down the ones and zeros, slip on your dancing shoes and if your down in Ole Virginny, drop by and party with us. If you can’t be there in person, join us in spirit and cut yourself a rug on your home turf.
Have a great rest of the week and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Peace

Larry

NOTE: If that all wasn’t enough, don’t forget to fall by Viva Internet Radio Thursday night at 9PMEST for the latest edition of the Funky16Corners Radio Show. You can always check out the old shows in the archive.

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PSS Check out Paperback Rider which has finally been updated.

PSSS Don’t forget to hit up Funky16Corners on Facebook

Nanette Workman – Lady Marmalade + News…

February 26, 2009

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Nanette Workman

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Listen – Nanette Workman – Lady Marmalade – MP3″

Greetings all.

The end of yet another week is upon us and I don’t know about you guys, but I’m good and whipped, and by the time you read this I may well be on the road for a four or five hour trek (second busy weekend of three in a row).
Next week I’ll be hitting the road with my man DJ Prestige. We’ll be motoring down to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA for two nights of Asbury Park 45 Sessions style record slinging. I’ll be posting detailed information in the coming week.

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Anyway, enough about my exhaustion, how’s by you?
I’ll venture a guess that there are many among you similarly afflicted, so why not crash into the weekend with a hot one??
The tune I bring you today is one that I picked up sans-portable, but the price-tag (low, low, low) combined with a cover version of a hot song seemed like a good buy, and it was.
I had never heard the name Nanette Workman before, but once I got the record home and realized that her version of ‘Lady Marmalade’ was not only hot but sung in French, I set to Googling and found some interesting stuff.
First and foremost, Ms. Workman is not French, but in fact an American-born singer who made her career working not in France, but in French-speaking Canada. During the 1960s she worked on Broadway and TV, and after meeting Canadian star Tony Roman she moved to Quebec and started to record in French (apparently initially singing the lyrics phonetically since she could not yet speak the language).
Workman went on to perform in the UK (where she recorded with the Rolling Stones) and Europe, before returning to Quebec in the early 70s, where her version of ‘Lady Marmalade’ was one of her first big hits.
Workman’s version follows the LaBelle blueprint fairly closely, with the addition of some fat, fuzzy bass guitar, and of course the added attraction of the (entire) tune being sung in French. It’s very groovy indeed, and got a nice reaction when I spun it recently.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back on Monday with something cool.
In the meantime, don’t forget to fall by Viva Internet Radio tonight at 9PM for the latest edition of the Funky16Corners Radio Show. You can always check out the old shows in the archive.

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Have a great weekend.

Peace

Larry

PS Don’t forget to head over to Iron Leg for late 60s fuzz…

PSS Check out Paperback Rider which has finally been updated.

PSSS Don’t forget to hit up Funky16Corners on Facebook

Funky16Corners Radio Show Tonight 9PM

February 12, 2009

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Greetings all.

This is just a note to let you know that the Funky16Corners Radio Show on Viva internet radio returns tonight – Thurs 02/12 at 9PM . The show will play at 9PM, and will be archived thereafter at the Funky16Corners Radio Show Page (where you can still hear many old shows if you haven’t checked it out yet).
Also, the next installment of the Asbury Park 45 Sessions is dropping next Friday 2/20 at the World Famous Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ. Fall by if you’re in the area.

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And, if you’re on Facebook, stop by and join the Funky16Corners group.

Peace

Larry

Various and Sundry News Items…

February 4, 2009

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Greetings all.

This is just a note to let you know that the Funky16Corners Radio Show on Viva internet radio returns tonight – Thurs 02/5 at 9PM . The show will play at 9PM, and will be archived thereafter at the Funky16Corners Radio Show Page (where you can still hear many old shows if you haven’t checked it out yet).

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In an exciting development, my man DJ Prestige and yours truly Larry Grogan of Funky16Corners will be hitting the road for an all 45 assault on the mid-Atlantic region on the first weekend of March. Friday night March 6th we’ll be spinning at Moneytown at Dahlak in Washington DC. The following night we’ll be rolling into Richmond VA to spin at Mercy at Cous Cous. If you’re in either of those areas fall by and say hello.

Last but not least, if you’re on Facebook, stop by and join the Funky16Corners group.

Peace

Larry

Funky16Corners Radio Show Tonight 1/15 9PM

January 15, 2009

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Greetings all.

This is just a note to let you know that the Funky16Corners Radio Show on Viva internet radio returns tonight – Thurs 01/15 at 9PM . The show will play at 9PM, and will be archived thereafter at the Funky16Corners Radio Show Page (where you can still hear many old shows if you haven’t checked it out yet).

Peace

Larry

Funky16Corners Radio Show Tonight – Thurs 12/18 9PM

December 17, 2008

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Greetings all.

It’s time for a Hammond Organ Special!
Fall by the Funky16Corners Radio Show on Viva internet radio returns tonight – Thurs 12/18 at 9PM – for its fifth edition. The show will play at 9PM, and will be archived thereafter at the Funky16Corners Radio Show Page (where you can hear several shows if you haven’t checked it out yet).
Next week is the Funky16Corners Radio Show Christmas Special! So get down with the Funky16Corners Radio Show.

Peace
Larry

PS I’ll be back either Thursday night or Friday morning with a hot new tune for the weekend!

Funky16Corners Radio Show Tonight 12/11 – 9PMEST

December 11, 2008

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Greetings all.

I’m back (sort of…)!
This is just a note to let you know that the Funky16Corners Radio Show on Viva internet radio returns tonight – Thurs 12/11 at 9PM – for its second edition. The show will play at 9PM, and will be archived thereafter at the Funky16Corners Radio Show Page (where you can still hear the last 3 weeks shows if you haven’t checked it out yet).
Me on the other hand…bleechhh. I’m sick, tired, sick AND tired (did I mention that I was sick??). I’ll be back on Monday (maybe with a mix, we;ll see to what level my normal powers of mixology are restored this weekend). Until then, get down with the Funky16Corners Radio Show.

Peace
Larry

JJ Barnes – Don’t Bring Me Bad News

December 2, 2008

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JJ Barnes

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Listen – JJ Barnes – Don’t Bring Me Bad News – MP3″

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Listen – James Barnes & the Agents – Good & Funky – MP3″

Greetings all.

In the words of Cheech and or Chong, I am bumming, man…
As I’ve referred to several times in this space, the industry in which I am employed (and have been for more than two decades) is in dire straits. This is due to a number of factors, first and foremost mismanagement of the fourth estate by greedy mega-corporations who should have known better, compounded by the current economic shit storm we find ourselves embroiled in.
My fellow employees and I have known that a new round of layoffs was imminent, a fact that pretty much spoiled Thanksgiving for most of us. The axe fell today, and while yours truly was spared yet again (thank you jeebus…), one of my best friends at the paper, a guy that’s been a good buddy for the entire time I’ve been there, and who has seen some very tough times outside of work in the last few years, was given his walking papers, along with 91 other people (just at our location).
This is a cat who is both talented and dedicated to his craft (he’s an artist and writer), and now, after more than a quarter of a century of service to a once proud (and once privately owned*) newspaper, has to start from square one.
I had a tear in my eye when I went to his desk to say goodbye. I’ll miss the probably hundreds of lunch hours spent discussing music, old movies and politics, and the knowledge that in a relatively unpleasant environment, there was always a kindred spirit.
If you are so inclined, say a prayer for this man, and the thousands of other employees in the chain who have lost (or will lose) their jobs this week.
This is the second round of layoffs, following a period of ‘buyouts’, which combined have stripped our paper of well over 200 employees.
When I started out in newspaper production in 1984 – surrounded by older folks that had already seen the industry’s technological basis change once – I never imagined that I would still be at it 24 years later. Nor did I imagine that after that time had elapsed, I would be witnessing the slow (though not so slow these days) death of the industry.
I keep hearing talk of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, while we all hold our breaths waiting for things to finally bottom out, and as a result I’m finding it very hard to remain optimistic.
It was an odd bit of synchronicity that I opened an e-mail from a friend last week and saw that there was going to be a record show at the Asbury Lanes on Sunday. The Funky16Corners fam had nothing terribly important on the agenda, and I hadn’t been digging in a while, so we loaded up the minivan and headed to the seaside.
I’d been through a couple of less than promising tables, before I spotted my man Mike, who always has the heat, and headed over to his crates, sure that I would leave with records in my hand and a much lighter wallet.
I scored some nice stuff – all of which you’ll see here in the coming months – but by far, the most interesting thing I picked up (and didn’t realize it at the time) is the tune I bring you today.
As soon as I saw the red Ric-Tic label, with the name JJ Barnes on it, I knew I had to check it out. When I saw that it was his smoking version of ‘Day Tripper’, it went right on to the keeper pile, and I kept on digging.
Later that evening, when I broke out the digi-ma-tization station, and got to recording, I flipped over said 45 to give the unfamiliar B-side a listen. It wasn’t too long before I realized that the song in question wasn’t quite as unfamiliar as I thought.
About 30 seconds into ‘Don’t Bring Me Bad News’ (prescient title, that…) I realized that what I was hearing was another use of the same backing track that had been used on ‘Good and Funky’ by James Barnes and the Agents. Back when I wrote up that 45, I mentioned that the track had been used on a JJ Barnes 45. I just happened to have gotten the specific 45 incorrect.
Interestingly enough, though the track is largely identical (the opening is edited differently on the two singles), the records manage to be fairly different stylistically. Where the James Barnes & the Agents side is rough and somewhat funky, the JJ Barnes side has a stylish veneer, with femme backing vocals and a smooth lead from the man himself. It’s a great study in contrasts, and evidence that the JJ Barnes 45 is one of the great two-siders to come out of mid-60s Detroit.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back on Friday, hopefully with something a little more upbeat.
Peace
Larry

*The paper I work at was a family owned business for the first 110 years of its existence. The original owners, eager to expand their non-print media business sold out to a huge international chain about ten years ago. I firmly believe that had we still been locally owned, we would have been in a much better position to weather the current economic downturn. Instead, we’re just another cog in a huge, faltering machine, being sucked down by the bad economic decisions at the top.

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