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 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Let's talk about Q's badass A&M and CTI LPs. These would include:

Walking in Space
Gula Matari
Smackwater Jack
You Got it Bad Girl
Mellow Madness

These albums would pre-date "The Dude," which is kind when IMO Q became a schlockmeister, leading into his Michael Jackson era.

"Walking in Space" and "Gula Matari" have A&M labels, but with the CTI imprint. These date from the period in which CTI was starting. These are my two favorites of this bunch. They have that introspective psychedelic soul/delirious quality that I love about Now Sound LPs from this era.

The others are on A&M, and include tracks such as "Ironside," "The Anderson Tapes," "Sanford and Son," and others. They are hit and miss, but the hits make it worthwhile.

Do you have these albums, and if so, what do you think?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Throughout the late 60s--in my early teens--I listened exclusively to soundtracks--the great composers who emerged in that decade--Barry, Goldsmith, Morricone, Jarre, Myers, Schifrin, and Quincy Jones.

My oldest brother, now deceased, was a dozen years older and was a jazz fanatic. I grew up hearing all the jazz greats and never paid any attention to them--but it must have sunk in. When he looked through my collection and saw names like Schifrin and Jones he started giving me jazz albums on my birthdays and for Christmas. He gave me a Cannonball Adderley album--Experience in E--produced by David Axelrod--that combined Adderley's quintet with an orchestra. Compositions were by Axelrod, Joe Zawinul--William Fischer, and Lalo Schifrin. He also gave me Dizzy Gillespiana--composed by Schifrin, and he gave me Walking in Space.

Walking in Space to this day remains a personal favorite, an album I can play at any time and it always makes me feel good. Interestingly, Jones, needing to breathe a bit after years of non-stop film/tv scoring, chose not to compose any of the album's music. It's such a great blend of traditional big band jazz embracing gospel tunes, film music (Mandel), and songs from Hair. Gula Matari I love mainly for the lengthy title piece. Smackwater Jack I like for the solos and arrangement on "What's Going On?" Q sings on this album. He shouldn't quit his day job.

I am also a fan of Jobim's three albums on A&M/CTI: Wave, Tide, and Stone Flower. Freddie Hubbard's Straight Life and Red Clay. And a few others.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Throughout the late 60s--in my early teens--I listened exclusively to soundtracks--the great composers who emerged in that decade--Barry, Goldsmith, Morricone, Jarre, Myers, Schifrin, and Quincy Jones.

My oldest brother, now deceased, was a dozen years older and was a jazz fanatic. I grew up hearing all the jazz greats and never paid any attention to them--but it must have sunk in. When he looked through my collection and saw names like Schifrin and Jones he started giving me jazz albums on my birthdays and for Christmas. He gave me a Cannonball Adderley album--Experience in E--produced by David Axelrod--that combined Adderley's quintet with an orchestra. Compositions were by Axelrod, Joe Zawinul--William Fischer, and Lalo Schifrin. He also gave me Dizzy Gillespiana--composed by Schifrin, and he gave me Walking in Space.

Walking in Space to this day remains a personal favorite, an album I can play at any time and it always makes me feel good. Interestingly, Jones, needing to breathe a bit after years of non-stop film/tv scoring, chose not to compose any of the album's music. It's such a great blend of traditional big band jazz embracing gospel tunes, film music (Mandel), and songs from Hair. Gula Matari I love mainly for the lengthy title piece. Smackwater Jack I like for the solos and arrangement on "What's Going On?" Q sings on this album. He shouldn't quit his day job.

I am also a fan of Jobim's three albums on A&M/CTI: Wave, Tide, and Stone Flower. Freddie Hubbard's Straight Life and Red Clay. And a few others.


I am a big fan of CTI albums, as long as (1) they are pre-disco (not that I dislike disco); and (2) have zero Bob James involvement.

I especially love the delirious arrangements by Deodato and Don Sebesky during this period.

 
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