Thursday, March 23, 1972
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, March 23, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven
SPRING WEEKEND SPECIAL
Get with it .. ..it's springtime!
Shed the coats and boots and head for the
country in a new Ford or Chevy.
From Friday noon through Monday noon
sweet wah-wah sax on new album,
By AL SHACKELFORD
King Curtis played the sweetest
sax in the sworld, as any of his al-
bums or live, performances will
testify. That he played too beauti-
fully for this world is the o nl y
explanation for his 1971 death in
a senseless street quarrel, one of
those things you ask yourself how
the Lord allowed. King could be
funky or sweet, happy or sad, but
he could never be bad. Unlike
some jazz-only saxophonists, he
could communicate with everyone,
so human was his horn.
Live at Fillmore West (Atco 33-
359), probably the best album of
1971, shows just how exciting Cur-
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tis could be. Backed by his inimi-
table Kingpins and the Memphis
Horns, he ranges his versatile sax
over selections frenzied (Changes)
and heart-breakingly beautiful (A
Whiter Shade of Pale). Long tril-
ling passages, drawn out over a
bar, suddenly jump an octave as
King reaches for his high note, fin-
ally getting it with a last dramatic
screech of his horn.
But listen to "A Whiter Shade
of Pale:" anyone who doesn't
choke up at this one just won't
choke, it is that sad and yearn-
ing. King's soprano sax is wise
and weary, if a horn can be that.
Along with Sam and Dave's live
in London performance of "When
Something is Wrong with My3
Baby," and Otis Redding's bestI
work, this incredible performance
seems to ask other musicians, can
you top this soul? But I don't think
Curtis takes a variety of pop
tunes and favorite originals and here like the live "Soul Serenade" Ragtime Band." Finally there is first on the skins and then the
brings out the best in each, ex- or "Memphis Soul Stew," but "Cenral Park," a moody piece of cymbals. Anyone who buys this al-
ploring the melodies and reach- every song comes off successfully. music that is beautifully-arranged bum expecting Purdie to cut loose
ing way back for a numbing var- King's faultless horn and voice are and will stand with Curtis' best will be disappointed, because he
lety of inventive lines. His band again backed by the Kin'gpins, plus work. It is split into two parts, keeps his solos short and to the
does the same: Cornell Dupree a few others like Jimmy Smith the first soft and exploratory and point.
makes his guitar squawk with a (keyboards) and Chuck Rainey the second wild and strange, ac- The charts are good and the
brilliant solo on "Changes," and (bass). zentuated by Dupree's wailing playing is generally good, but this
Billy Preston follows Curtis' lead "Groove Me" is a natu'al for guitar. album falls short of excellence be-
on "A Whiter Shade of Pale" with Crooe Mek isyanathlri Curtis' vocal debut in this al- cause none of the soloists rate
a down-home organ solo that fits a fun h by hr ing bum is an unexpected pleasure: much attention. "Attica" reach
(Floyd) given a slightly halting Imuhatni.Atca rc-
right in. Nothing good enough can treatment by bassist Je!mott and his voice is very musical, with es a high level of intensity and
be said about the rhythm section, spanked along by an occasional typical r&b intonations. But, of features some great bass work by
Jerry Jemmott (bass) and Bern- frenetic chorus. King's playing is course, not as musical as his Gordon Edwards, whose iniagina-
ard Purdie (drums). Purdie has just right but, more than that, magic horn. Listen to King's wah- tive lines and occasional light-
been acknowledged as r&b's best just great! "Honky Tonk," kick- wah sax on "You're the One" and iling glissandos shine throughout
drummer, and Jemmott has to ed off with Preston's organ fig- find out just how cute he can get, the album.
rank with the likes of Motown's ure, marks a return for Curtis, bending those notes around a "Changes" illustrates why this
James Jamerson and Stax Duck whose sax solos embellished plen- corner and back, all in a spilt-se- album should probably be passed
Dunn. ty of early rock and rhythm and cond. up in favor of any of Curtis' re-
The release of the Fillmore al- blues platters. The Memphis Kingpin drummer Bernard Pur- cent releases. The song drags, to
bum is now happily followed in Horns complement Curtis beauti- die steps out on his own in front-' put it mildly, and features a light-
1972 by a studio counterpart, the fully. ing a soul cum jazz venture titled weight sax solo by .Charlie Brown
brand-new Everybody's Talkin' Three songs really stand out on Shaft (Prestige 10038). Purdie and and a trumpet solo oy Danny.
(Atco 33-385). Many albums re- this new album. First "If I Were mates pay tribute to ;urtis with Moore I just can't buy.
leased after an artist's death tend A Carpenter," with its galvanizing "Summer Helodie," a soft struc- - -
to be flat, like Redding's Love kuitar-organ rhythm cooking un- tural twin to 'Soul Serenade" writ-
Man and Tell the Truth, but not der the sax, then a delightful sev-; ten by H. Ousley, undoubtedly
this one. There are no great highs en-minute version of "Alexander's' some relation to King.
- -- The title tune hangs pretty tight Ren your
with the original Isaac Hayes, who
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STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION
IN LATIN AMERICA
FRIDAY 24 MARCH, 8 p.m.-Rackham Assembly Hall
"Economic Mechanisms of Domination"
SATURDAY 25 MARCH, 10 a.m.-Rackhom West Conference Room
"Cultural and Political Dependence"
SATURDAY 25 MARCH, 3 p.m.-Rackham West Conference Room
"The. Latin American Peasantry-Revolution and Counter Revolution"
SUNDAY 26 MARCH, 2 p.m.-Rackham Amphitheatre
"Population Control" and film "Blood of the Condor"
MONDAY 27 MARCH, 7:30 p.m.-Residential College, Room 126
"Puerto Rico, La Nacion Dividida" and film "El Pueblo se Levanta"
TUESDAY 28 MARCH, 4 p.m.-Residential College, Room 126
"Chicanos-The Struggle for Liberation"
WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH, 7:30 p.m.-Residen'ial College, Room 126
"Puerto Rico, La Nacion Dividida"
MONDAY 3 APRIL, 7:30 p.m.-Residential College, Room 126
"Environmental Change in Latin America" and film "Nosori Monika"
WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.-Residential College, Room 126