Listen to Long Plays during the 11 o’clock hour of The Nightside with Andy O’…these special extensive compositions needed a deeper listen.
“Stand” (17:30) from Lonnie Smith’s seminal 1971 CTI release “Mama Wailer.” It was written by Sylvester Stewart aka Sly of the Family Stone is where soul and boogaloo meet hard bop in the pocket. With outstanding musicians like Grover Washington Jr. on flute & tenor saxophone Jimmy Ponder on guitar, Ron Carter on electric bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Airto on percussion and of course Lonnie Smith on Organ.
“Return to Forever” (17:16) Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band from their double album “Chinese Butterfly” released in 2017. This update of one of Chick’s classics features Earth Wind & Fire’s Phillip Bailey with an outstanding vocal performance. The band features Chick Corea – keyboards, piano; Steve Gadd – drums, Lionel Loueke – guitar, vocals; Carlitos del Puerto – acoustic bass, electric bass; Steve Wilson – flute, saxophone, and Luisito Quintero – percussion.
“Everglades” (14:30) Terrence Blanchard’s E-Collective from their Grammy nominated debut “Breathless” featuring a more electric-sounding band than Blanchard’s previous recordings. Incorporating spoken word and vocals throughout other cuts on the album this track enables the band to stretch out somewhat.
Long Play, a deep dive during the last hour of The Nightside into the music that time forgot.
Tune in to The Nightside with Andy O’ on Sunday night, August 1, from 8 to midnight.
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