The Impressions - It’s all right
John Coltrane and Amiri Baraka.
Otis Redding - Just one more day (live)
Sam Cooke - That’s where it’s at
Sam Cooke - Bring it on home to me (live at the Harlem Square club)
Many critics regard Sam Cooke’s live at the Harlem Square club as one of the greatest live albums of all time. In my opinion, it is the greatest album I have ever heard. From start to finish, Sam pours out his heart and soul. The performance is extremely intimate. You can almost feel the heat in that room, almost feel all those sweaty bodies singing, shouting, dancing, right along next to you. Sam’s voice is raw and honest in a way that you’ve never heard it before. All of his roots and influences are present here: gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll. This record captures the essence of who Sam was, as a person, as an artist. You can read books and watch documentaries about Sam Cooke’s life, but this album tells his story from the man himself, from his body and soul.
And this version of Bring it on home to me… hands down, my favorite song of all time.
Everybody’s with me. Everybody’s with me tonight.
Alice Coltrane - One for the father
Solo Piano, April 16th 1978, Los Angeles CA. From Transfiguration.
Joshua Redman Quartet - Straight Ahead
Live in Belgium, 1994
Joshua Redman - tenor
Jonny King - piano
Christian McBride - bass
Brian Blade - drums
Pharoah Sanders - Origin ( Africa, 1987)
Charlie Parker at the Downbeat Club in New York in 1947 watching Dizzy Gillespie play…