lee dorsey and allen toussaint (heard humming in the background) dont need instruments to create music, as they prove her on the gem from lees 1970s ?yes we can³ album. in fact, dorsey, new orleans most succesfull soul star, didn't need music it all, except for fun. he started out as a boxer experience that must have proved useful when he went on tour with the clash in 1980 and even at the height of his fame could be found working at his car body repair shop. now thats cool! the combination of lee dorsey¹s singing and allen toussaint¹s writing and production might be one of the best combinations in soul history. the amazing occapella with the bouncy rhythm section, the vocal interplay between dorsey and his vip background singers the meters, new orleans most famous funk band!
jean knight / mr. big stuff
b. 26th june 1943, new orleans, jean knight's early releases with producer huey p. meaux were over shadowed by 'mr. big stuff' in 1971, one of soul's most popular releases. released on stax records and produced by wardell quezerque at the same session that yielded the king floyd hit 'groove me', knight's performance was rewarded with a us number 2 pop hit and r & b number 1.the combination of the irresistible rhythms of southern and new orleans dance styles indicated the emergence of a new-found style, however, despite several excellent follow-up singles, including 'you think you're hot stuff' and 'carry on', the studio team were unable to develop this style further. the singer did re-emerge during the 80's with a version of the perennial, if suggestive, denise la salle record, 'my toot toot' (1985).
the gaturs / get up
the gaturs who were willie tee's band are famous for their unique funky soul sound. born into a musical family in 1944 willie tee was surrounded by musicans and the jazz sound of his home town new orleans. willie started playing piano at the tender age of three and spent his formative years learning his craft whilst soaking up the new orleans heady mix of jazz and ,blues that oozed from his home town. willie formed gatur records with his cousin julius gaines and like stax this was an amalgamation of their surnames. many of the gatur records were released as willie tee but are in fact willie and his band the gaturs who include his brother earl. most are instrumental funky workouts that have the same feel as booker t ad the mg's.
idris muhammad / could heaven ever be like this
drummer idris muhammad is one of african-american music's great rhythmic revolutionaries. idris muhammad was born on november 13,1939, and began playing the drums at age 8 in his native new orleans. by the time he was 16, he was performing in jazz bands. muhammad became known as one of the most innovative drummers in soul music of the 1960's, performing with singers sam cooke, jerry butler, and curtis mayfield band the impressions. he played for the popular musical ?hair³ while performing with the house band for the prestige label in the early 1970's. for the rest of that decade, he accompanied popular singer roberta flack, led his own band, and worked with johnny griffin and pharaoh sanders. in the 1970s he released some fine funky disco records.
allen toussaint / night people
a renaissance man of new orleans r&b, allen toussaint has been performing, writing, and producing music for almost half a century. toussaint's piano work graced records by such greats as fats domino and smiley lewis, and as a writer allen's name -- or that of his pseudonym naomi neville -- can be found on such hits as "working in a coal mine," "ride your pony," and many more. rock performers like the band, paul simon, and little feat lined up to employ his skills as an arranger. but as successful as his career was behind the scenes, allen toussaint also made some fine music as a solo artist.
the wild magnolias / corey died on a battlefield
part latin, part african-caribbean, part jazz and 100 percent soul. the sound of this 10 member band is unmistakably new orleans. led by 'bo dollis, big chief of the wild magnolias; and monk breaux, big chief of the golden eagles. bo and monk's chieftain status continues a tradition of harmonic tribal unity that dates back to the 1800's these tribes were formed to pay homage to the native-american indians who befriended runaway slaves and afforded them a haven of safety.
Stimmen sehen, Gespenster hören Der in New York lebende österreichische Experminentalfilmacher Martin Arnold stellt derzeit in der Galerie Martin Janda eine neue, erstmals farbige Videoarbeit aus. Wir sprechen mit Arnold über Clicks&Cuts, das Unbewusste des Films und die Bee Gees.
Der Lawinenhund So nennt sich ein Frauenversteher, der frühmorgens in einer Bar begrabene Alkoholopfer zu retten vorgibt. "Ich suche Leben", singt der Lawinenhund, eine vertrackt-hintersinnige Erfindung des derzeit als neuer und einziger deutscher Popstar gefeierten Jens Friebe. "In Hypnose" nennt sich das eben erschienene zweite Album des nach Berlin verzogenen Kölners mit dem ausgestellt blasierten und dann doch wieder charmant wirkenden Gesangsstil.
Drei Bücher von, über und aus Mexiko
John Reed: Eine Revolutionsballade, Mexiko 1914. Erschienen in der Anderen Bibliothek bei Eichborn.
Subcomandante Marcos: Botschaften aus dem lakadonischen Urwald. Erschienen im Nautilus-Verlag.
Stefan Wimmer: Die 120 Tage von Tulúm. Erschienen im Maas-Verlag.
Graue Lagune (23-00)
mit Fritz Ostermayer
Thin White Rope (1984 - 1992) Eine kleine Werkschau der besten "Wüstenband" ever.