Flashback Friday

Friday Flashback – Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else

The Players Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley – Alto Saxophone Miles Davis – Trumpet Hank Jones – Piano Sam Jones – Bass Art Blakey – Drums The Tracks 1. “Autumn Leaves” 2. “Love For Sale” 3. “Somethin’ Else” 4. “One For Daddy-O” 5. “Dancing In The Dark” 6. “Bangoon”* *Not on the original album. The Facts […]


Flashback Friday – Stephanie Mills – Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’?

Whether she was singing about getting back “Home“, or “The Comfort of a Man“, or “Feeling Good All Over“, or how she “Never Knew Love Like This“, or that “Two Hearts” are always better, or feeling that “Sweet Sensation“, or watching out for “Pilot Error” for you may need the “Medicine Song” to let you […]


Flashback Friday – Phyllis Hyman – Somewhere In My Lifetime

“Gonna make changes Gonna make minds aware Moving together Always willing to share. There’s power in the masses Collectively we can win Gonna make change…” – Phyllis Hyman Her voice is timeless. Her beauty and stature were beyond words. Her music is ageless and lives on in our hearts forever. This past Sunday, July 6, […]


Flashback Friday – Joe Sample – Spellbound

The year was 1989 and I was 25 when my friend Vanessa loaned me her cassette of jazz pianist Joe Sample’s album, Spellbound. It was a special time for me because I was preparing to move into my first apartment. I instantly loved “Seven Years of Good Luck” and it is still one of my […]


Flashback Friday – Patti Austin – The Real Me

“All alone, the party’s over, old man winter was a gracious host; But you keep praying for snow to hide the clover; Spring can really hang you up the most!” – Patti Austin I was chatting with a friend yesterday and learned something interested about a favorite album. Vocalist Patti Austin recorded her album, The […]


Flashback Friday – Dee Dee Bridgewater – Live in Paris

“The sea The sky And you and I Sea and sky and you and I With all blues All shades All hues We’re all blues” – Dee Dee Bridgewater I have heard people say that after they have read the Flashback Friday entry, they usually end up with the tune in their head for the […]


Flashback Friday – Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

The Players Miles Davis – Trumpet Julian “Cannonball” Adderly – Alto Saxophone John Coltrane – Tenor Saxophone Wynton Kelly – Piano on “Freddy Freeloader” Bill Evans – Piano on all other tracks Paul Chambers – Bass James Cobb – Drums The Tracks 1. “So What” 2. “Freddie Freeloader” 3. “Blue in Green” 4. “All Blues” […]


Flashback Friday – Pieces of a Dream

I first heard the contemporary jazz group Pieces of a Dream during the summer of 1981. Their song “Warm Weather” featuring Barbara Walker on vocals was in heavy rotation on late night radio. Their self-entitled debut album, Pieces of a Dream, also featured a wonderful instrumental version of EWF’s “All About Love” which is still […]


Flashback Friday – Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World

“Hearts of fire creates love desire Take you high and higher to the world you belong Hearts of fire creates love desire High and higher to your place on the throne We’ve come together on this special day To sing our message loud and clear Looking back we’ve touched on sorrowful days Future pass, they […]


Flashback Friday – Deniece Williams – This Is Niecy

There was a time whenever singer/songwriter/songbird June Deniece “Niecy” Williams would put out an album, I had to have it. As I look through my vinyl, I have 11 of her albums dating from 1976 – 1988. This Is Niecy, her debut album, was released in 1976 and featured the hit songs “Free” and “That’s […]


Flashback Friday – Gwen Guthrie

“Ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the rent. You’ve got to have a J-O-B, if you wanna be with me. No romance without finance. I said, no romance without finance.” -Gwen Guthrie A few years before she topped the charts in 1986 with the soulful anthem “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent“, I was enjoying […]


Flashback Friday – Natalie Cole “Natalie Live”

Long before she was unforgettable and a woman who knows, Natalie Cole was singing some of the most soulful music around. Not saying that her soulfulness is gone, but she has mellowed like a fine wine. Some critics and fans complain that she should still be hollerin’ like she did back in the day. You […]


Flashback Friday – Cassandra Wilson “Blue Skies”

I figured since I have been featuring some heavyweight jazz this week, I would stay in the same lane for our flashback. The year was 1989. I had moved out of my parent’s house and into my first apartment. It was Labor Day weekend and I had gone to the annual Chicago Jazz Festival and […]


Flashback Friday – Quincy Jones “Sounds…And Stuff Like That”

“I can’t tell ya, what I saw Made you wonder, was it against the law Wasn’t how high you could go But exactly how low” – A verse from the song “Stuff Like That” I am certain that when the day is done and we look back on the great songbook of Nicholas Ashford and […]


Flashback Friday – Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace”

Long before I owned Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace“, “Mary, Don’t You Weep” was very much apart of my Sunday morning even when I was younger and not attending church. The song was and still is a staple of Sunday morning radio. From the opening piano intro to the first notes of the heavenly choir to […]


Flashback Friday – Stanley Turrentine “Hustlin'”

Stanley Turrentine – Tenor Saxophone Shirley Scott – Hammond B3 Organ Kenny Burrell – Guitar Bob Cranshaw – Bass Otis Finch – Drums You walk into your record store, you see this classic album and you think to yourself, “that looks like a classic album on the Blue Note label that I need to check […]


Flashback Friday – Anita Baker “Rapture”

You bring me joy | When I’m down | Oh, so much joy | When I lose my way your love comes smiling on me | I saw your face | And them I knew | We would be friends | I was so afraid but your arms, they’d say `come to me’ |So I’d […]


Flashback Friday – Stevie Wonder “Songs In The Key Of Life”

“Good morn or evening friends | Here’s your friendly announcer | I have serious news to pass on to ev-er-y-body | What I’m about to say | Could mean the world’s disaster | Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain | It’s that | Love’s in need of love today | Don’t […]


Flashback Friday – “Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway”

“You are my love You are my Heaven You are my love Make me sing “la-dee-dah” You are my love You are my Heaven Darling I won’t let them take you away” – Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway By now, you are flashing back to 1980 and singing “Make me sing la-dee-dah” along with me. […]


Flashback Friday – Sarah Vaughan – “Live At Mister Kelly’s”

“Sometimes I’m happy | Sometimes I’m blue | My disposition depends on you | I never mind the rain from the skies |As long as I have the sun in your eyes | Sometimes I love you | Sometimes I hate you |When I hate you | It’s because I love you | That’s how […]


Flashback Friday – George Benson “Give Me The Night”

Cause there’s music in the air | And lots of lovin’ ev’rywhere | so give me the night.” – George Benson On a Saturday afternoon in the fall of 1980, a young jazz lover went to Evergreen Plaza (aka Everblack Plaza) in Chicago and purchased his first album, George Benson’s “Give Me The Night” and […]