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Music from the Worst Album Covers — Devastatin’ Dave, “Zip Zap Rap”

Music from the Worst Album Covers — Devastatin’ Dave, “Zip Zap Rap”

Album Cover of the Week, Music
We've all seen at least one article showing the worst album covers of all-time. But what about the music? Should you judge an album by its horrible cover? Well in this series, we’re going to find out. Today we examine "Zip Zap Rap" by Devastatin' Dave (The Turntable Slave). Precious little is documented about the artist known to us only as Devastatin' Dave (The Turntable Slave). His sole legacy on earth -- according to the internet anyway -- seems to be a lone release, the "Zip Zap Rap" vinyl single. It was released in 1986 on the Superstar International Records label, a short-lived imprint out of California whose biggest artist was Scherrie Payne of the Supremes. The single cover and center rings offer little help in uncovering the identity of the man behind the bitchin' red
Listening booth — The Crusaders live in Colchester, 1978

Listening booth — The Crusaders live in Colchester, 1978

Listening Booth, Music
Today marks the first time I'm making a live bootleg available on GFS, but I think it's worth the wait in this case. What we have here is a smooth, yet super-funky 1978 set by the Crusaders performing at North Essex Polytechnic in the United Kingdom. This show, the group's last on their supporting tour of the Images album, was broadcast by the BBC and that's what you'll hear today. By this point in the group's history, it had been eight years since they changed their name from the Jazz Crusaders. That much will be obvious on first listen, as these songs draw much more from the wells of funk and R&B than jazz. It's also a different sound than even the early Crusaders years showcased, as founding member and trombonist Wayne Henderson departed a few years prior to become a full-time pr...
Sunday Jazz: The Jazz Crusaders on Frankly Jazz

Sunday Jazz: The Jazz Crusaders on Frankly Jazz

Music, Sunday Jazz
Welcome to a new feature here at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit called Sunday Jazz. Check back every Sunday for a sample of some of the best jazz around. Some installments will feature YouTube videos, others .mp3 links. If you have a request let me know and I'll see what I can do for you! To kick things off right I'm sharing this clip of one of my all-time favorite artists, the Jazz Crusaders, on a TV from the '60s called Frankly Jazz. It was hosted by jazz DJ Frank Evans and was inspired by his KRHM-FM radio show of the same name. This episode of Frankly Jazz features the Jazz Crusaders performing "The Young Rabbits" and "Weather Beat." The first number is one of the group's signature songs and is elevated by Joe Sample's excellent piano work and brilliant drumming from Stix Hoope...