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What I?m Listening To This Week

I’m never far away from a bit of Lowell George, one of the greatest singers and songwriters in the universe.

Here is a fantastic track from his only solo album, Thanks I’ll Eat It Here which is a mixed bag, something typical of the great man’s recorded output. The album has an incredible line up of the who’s who of 70’s session cats. The drummers include Jims Keltner & Gordon, Richie Hayward, Floyd Sneed and Jeff Porcaro who is laying down a very laid-back and economical groove on the following track, Honest Man. Porcaro is also credited with guitar on the album, if Wikipedia is to be believed.

Meanwhile, I am soaking up the tunes on Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra’s self-titled album in preparation for some posts about Afrobeat grooves. Sankofa is painfully funky. Ariya’s drummer, Eddie Hick is capable of playing many many notes, as anyone who’s heard his jazz playing will know, but never overplays here. A lesson in good taste and a loose yet solid sense of time, if ever there was one.