177: “Galaxy” by Eddie Henderson

A flugel without a cause.When you really wanna get funky, you gots to gets some flugelhorn.

Eddie Henderson played with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band for 3 years in the early 70’s, and you can sure hear that influence in this song and Eddie’s entire 1975 album, Sunburst.

Related topic… Everything is related… If you’re standing in just the right light, here’s a poem that can knock you on your ass:

Moment of Inertia
by Debra Spencer, from Pomegranate.
© Hummingbird Press.

It’s what makes the pancake hold still
while you slip the spatula under it
so fast it doesn’t move, my father said
standing by the stove.
All motion stopped when he died.
With his last breath the earth
lurched to a halt and hung still on its axis,
the atoms in the air
coming to rest within their molecules,
and in that moment
something slid beneath me
so fast I couldn’t move.

Song: Galaxy
Artist: Eddie Henderson
Album: Sunburst
Label: Blue Note
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

176: “Rien Ne Vu Plus” by Funk Factory

Polish funk squares.More and more people are posting music on YouTube that it’d be nearly impossible to find anywhere else, even on the Internet, and even if you were willing to pay money. Living in the future is pretty cool.

Old vinyl is going up in droves.  And although the sound quality often sucks, it nearly just as often doesn’t. Here’s one from a long defunkt band, Funk Factory, that lives on through YouTube and blog posts like this one. “The Factory,” as insiders called the band, was mostly American musicians led by Polish music legends Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak, whom we all know affectionately as Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak.

“Rien Ne Vu Plus” is French for “all bets are off” or “why serve spaghetti to a pig?” depending on inflection. This song is as crazy as that.  Enjoy.

[[ EDITOR’S NOTE: What I try to provide in this illustrious blog operation is some reasonable spigot of musical flow, governed by a human taste filter (loose use of “taste,” I know). The Internet is an ocean of musical flow that cannot be absorbed by your face all at once. You need a spigot, not an ocean going into your ear holes. And your takeaway from this paragraph is that I am a friend, with an outstretched metaphor, trying to work a musical spigot into you. Because I love you. ]]

Song: Rien Ne Vu Plus
Artist: Funk Factory
Label:  ATCO Records
Download: FleaMarketFunk.com
Watch: YouTube

175: “Like It Is” by Yusef Lateef

Na na na na na na na na... Be the flute.Here’s a Calgon-take-me-away song by Yusef Lateef, the great jazz multi-instrumentalist, of the kind driven by breath. He’s still breathing today, at 90 years of age.

“Like It Is” can be found on The Blue Yusef Lateef (1968) and features Yusef on both sax and bamboo flute.  The voice he can get with that flute is really amazing.

Yusef Lateef was born as William Evans in Chattanooga, TN before moving to Detroit at the age of 5.  In his 30’s, he converted to Ahmadiyya, a flavor of Islam, due to the spiritual hole created in his life from 30 years of having a dull name.

Lateef is a man of deep thought.  From Wikipedia:

Autophysiopsychic Music, Lateef’s term, refers to music which comes from one’s physical, mental, and spiritual self. Lateef has written extensively on the topic and includes it in his book Method To Perform Autophsyiopsychic Music. In this view, it should be the goal of every musician to combine their theoretical knowledge with their life experience, and to offer to and accept knowledge from their personal source of strength, inspiration and knowledge.

I wonder if he finds time to watch television.  Here’s his current website.

Listen, and enjoy.

Song: Like It Is
Artist: Yusef Lateef
Album: The Blue Yusef Lateef
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

174: “Mambo Mongo” by Mongo Santamaría

Icelandic death opera smile.Mongo Santamaría (composer of the song “Afro Blue”) actually wrote “Mambo Mango,” not the Afro-Cuban All Stars, as the YouTube video is labeled.  And the version for download below is not the same as the YouTube version either.  The YouTube version below is much better and I can’t seem to find the album it’s on.

Afro-Cuban All Stars undoubtedly spent thousands of tireless hours contemplating what they would name the band.  Their music is not what you would expect from a band dedicated to the artform of Icelandic death opera.  But they’re not very good at it, anyway.  They sound more like a really great Afro-Cuban band.

Click and enjoy.

Song: Mambo Mongo
Artist: Mongo Santamaría
Album: Mambo Mango
Label: Chesky Records, Inc.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube