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Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Music, Sunday Jazz
For most of my life I assumed that when it came to other musicians offering their take on John Williams' timeless scores for the Star Wars trilogy, the be all and end all was Meco's Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. Who hasn't gotten down to the stone cold disco groove of "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" at least once in their life? But it turns out there is actually more sweet Star Wars tuneage from that era. Take, for example, this week's Sunday Jazz entry. It's five tracks of the swingin' space jazz courtesy of legendary bassist Ron Carter -- Empire Jazz. And dig that cover art! It was released in 1980 on the RSO Records label. RSO (home of the Bee Gees) also distributed the official soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back, so this release seems like a natural progression. OK, maybe no...
Listening Booth – Ray Bryant, “Up Above the Rock”

Listening Booth – Ray Bryant, “Up Above the Rock”

Listening Booth, Music
I discovered this vintage tune quite by jazz pianist Ray Bryant quite by chance recently, when it came up on a random last.fm playlist.  Actually I should say that a remix of the song, by Irish DJ David Holmes, came up on a random last.fm playlist.  You won't find too many jazz songs that start with a drum break, but then this is probably one of the better jazz/soul hybrids I've heard in some time.  Joining Bryant are Grady Tate (drums), Ron Carter (bass), and the horn section of Dobbie Hiques and Snookie Young. Enjoy "Up Above the Rock" by Ray Bryant, the lead track from the 1968 album of the same name.