This is one of my favorite tracks on our Good Eats record. The vibe of this arrangement is intense, cool, worldly - very hip and funky. And with its myriad of influences - middle-eastern, australian, deep south groove - it expands its reach to encompass a spirit of soul and brotherhood around the globe.
The opening features me on the didgeridoo and Don Braden on the alto flute (not represented in this short sample mp3) setting up a solid ambiance with a rich depth of spirit and groove. Ahmad plays some twisting, slinky guitar lines with a cool middle-eastern flair.
Download the track and enjoy the intro and the ending where Don and I are exchanging solo riffs.
From Donaldson's 1968 album "Say It Loud!" which is a take on the James Brown funkier Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud. With a band featuring trumpeter Blue Mitchell, guitarist Jimmy "Fats" Ponder, organist Charles Earland, and drummer Leo Morris, alto master Donaldson turns in a fine funkified set.
This is album was not the most loved by the critics, calling the group awkward sounding, but I found it to be pleasingly loose, fun, and funky.
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