musicology #0735

Nubag #4 (a year in the life)

Wait Here – Al Green

BIG slice of funk from the ‘Reverend’. Highlighted from his final, (1978), secular album Truth n Time.

Couldn’t make the cut yesterday was at the ‘tower’ engaged in ‘deep work’.




musicology #0600

The Cool Ruler Rides Out Of Town #1

Gregory Issacs – Border

This week it HAS to be all about Legendary Jamaican vocalist, producer and all round DON GORGON..Gregory ‘The Cool Ruler’ Issacs who today ‘Crossed The Border’ and passed on.

Among other things Gregory epitomised Authenticity and I could easily fill a month of daily cuts of PURE top ranking musicology from the Don.

One thing’s for sure..even though The Ruler is physically no longer walking the earth his music will continue to inspire and guide for generations to come.

Kicking off with this one..Alvin Ranglin production on the GG’s Label.

“If I could reach the border then I would step across
So please take me to the border no matter what it cost…
I’m a leaving outta Babylon, leaving outta Rome…..”

musicology #444

NewYork NewYork #3

(Gil Scott Heron – Madison Avenue)

Bit late with today’s cut..such is life.
So without further delay hold this piece, (from his 1978 set ‘Secrets’ from Gil Scott Heron, a Cat who speaks.

Of interest, (at least to the football lovers among us), is that his father is the acclaimed footballer Giles Heron..the first Jamaican to play for Celtic in the 1950’s !!

musicology #305


(Fela Kuti – Mistake – Live)

Day two of the theme has an element of synchronicity for me as the performance was recorded in Berlin…what has that got to do with anything I hear you say? well not only does one of my most valued ‘brethren’ live there but the woman in my life is there today working on/at the film festival. Couldn’t resist or pass up this ‘oppo’ to throw down a second piece on themusicologist by the legend that is, Fela Kuti.

Recorded in 1978 a year after his Kalakuta Republic had been destroyed by a thousand soldiers during which horror his elderly mother had been thrown out of a window suffering fatal injuries with Fela almost being beaten to death for his non-stop scathing critique of Nigerian politics. Word has it that after the tour most of the band left him as he intended to use all the proceeds to fund his election campaign.

Perhaps THE most political musician of all time Fela was his own project and an ‘Existentialist’ in the truest sense. NEVER allowing anyone to deny him the freedom to say and do what he thought right. The hugely influential philosopher Martin Heidegger spoke about Authenticity in relation to one’s life and for themusicologist Fela lived life in a way that, (among others), Heidegger would have been proud of.

musicology #251

birthdaybashsoul&funk #6

(Jean Carn- Don’t Let It Go To Your Head)

penultimate day of the ‘birthdaybash’ and no better cut than this for communicating the message. A 1978/9 12″ special from the vaults of Philadelphia International featuring the extraordinarily talented Jean Carn. Written and produced by the legendary Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble. Quality tune, beautifully delivered..LISTEN TUNE.

musicology #245

soul&boogie #6

(Faze O – Ridin’ High)

Cats…apologies for not completing the ‘soul&boogie’. Been ‘grafting’ since EARLY Saturday Morning and have only just made the time and space to hook up to themusicologist. Decided to continue the theme for this week so it’s straight into this one from Chicago boogie quintet Faze – O who scored with this 1978 cut on the She label. Keyboardist Keith “Chop Chop” Harrison, guitarist Ralph “Love” Aikens, bassist Tyrone “Flye” Crum, drummer Roger “Dodger” Parker, and percussionist Robert “Bip” Neal, Jr combine to deliver a glimpse into the future of funk/soul/boogie at the dawning of a new day.