SAY IT LOUD! happy hour (7pm-10pm) at Oakland's Disco Volante (347 14th Street). I'll be spinning 3 hours of non-stop funky groove-orient soul jazz followed by a live set from New Orleans style singing and swinging brass band, the MJ's Brass Boppers.
To kick things off this week, here is a great selection from the Strata-East vaults titled "Too Late, Fall Back Baby" by drummer/band leader Keno Duke and his group the Contemporaries. This track, which was recorded in 1974 and included on the brilliant album Sense of Values, has a soulful yet modal jazz groove with a slight spiritual overtone throughout. On this recording, the drummer is backed by a solid group that includes George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Frank Strozier (flute/alto saxophone), Harold Mabern (piano), and bassist Lisle Atkinson. Definitely one of the many amazing recordings released by the legendary Strata-East label.
Keno Duke/Contemporaries - Too Late, Fall Back Baby