Destination Motherland: The Roy Ayers Anthology

I used to work with a guy called Neil Drumming who is responsible for Entertainment Weekly's just-published 25 top rap records of alltime. You list types can get into the debate over at CBluntz. Moistworks isn't too keen on listmaking cuz it hurts me brain, and rap music is hardly an album makers game. Neil writes real good and has rap smarts and I'm pleased to see 2Pac was shut out. But it brings me little pleasure to see JayZ is on there, while Sex Packets and One For All somehow don't make the cut . And then of course there is the Disorderlies Soundtrack.

I'm going to keep dropping some source material for the next few days. Cuz if we are giving props, they gotta be HEARTBEAT PROPS!!!!!! Maybe I'll come up with a list of 25 top samples. Probably I wont though. But suggesitons are very welcome.

We'll start with the acid-jazz vibes of my two fav. early Tribe Called Quest songs: "Youthful Expression" and "Description of a Fool".

Reuben Wilson is main man maestro of the b-3 Hammond organ.

"Inner City Blues" is his silky jazz interpretation of Marvin Gaye's song by the same name, from the What's Going On album.

Heres a nice bio on Reuben:

Hammond organ hero Reuben Wilson helped redefine the soul jazz movement in the late 60s with a string of seminal albums for Blue Note and holding down the keys for Lee Morgan, Sam Rivers, George Coleman, Roy Haynes, Donald Byrd, Melvin Sparks and the great Grant Green.

Other Wilson tidbits: he is a former professional boxer, and was dusted off by Guru for the Jazzmatazz projects during the mid 90s

I feel like I post Roy Ayers music just about once a week these days. Check the Oct. 4 and Sept. 2 posts for 2 previous Ayer's classics. The disco-jazz jam "Running Away" is one of his best known works.