Saturday, July 08, 2006

Big City Soul Club presents - "A Night Of Rare Soul" at D.C.s Tavern

Hello Y'all,
D.C.'s Tavern couldn't get any luckier than this. On July 8th Gene Merideth is going to flood the tiny bar with soul sounds for moving, grooving and boozing. Gene has acquired a list of accomplices that on any other night you would run out to hear them spin on their own. If your ass has a mind of its own it won't let you sit for very long. Please join us for a soul and ass shaking night of music and drunken conversation.

Big City Soul Club presents - "A Night Of Rare Soul" at D.C.s Tavern
Come on down for a few beers and to listen to rare soul from the
collections of:
Dave Withers (UK Northern Soul DJ)
Connie T Empress (Empire State Soul Club)
Greg Tormo (Solid Hit Soul Club)
Gene Merideth (Solid Hit Soul Club)

From Atlantic to Zodiac, The Ad Libs to ZZ Hill, from Los Angeles,
Chicago, Memphis, New York and of course Detroit. Rare soul for

D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
Hoboken, NJ
PH: 201-792-5550
GOOGLE MAP:,+Hoboken,+NJ+07030
!Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Schedule to 8th Street Stop!:

Saturday July 22nd The D.C.'s Tavern Record Swap and Bar-B-Que!

Recent Crack:
Jimmy McGriff - "Main Squeeze" b/w "The Sermon" (Groove Merchant cat. SGDJ 1029)
I have about 30 Jimmy McGriff 7's so I can easily say he is my favorite Soul Jazz/ Jazz Funky organ grinder. How this little gem alluded me is unknown but I am happy I have one now. "The Sermon" is a just OK run through of Jimmy Smith's brilliant tune BUT (and that is one big ole' butt); "THE MAIN SQUEEZE" is a whole other story. Super loose, very live recording with the band kicking real hard and with a purpose. Sometimes when you are playing, some of the most aggressive moments come when you are being more tough than loud and that is exactly what is going on here. Each player allows space between the notes and beats giving it that more funk than Jazz feeling. Big round bass, plucked guitar, guttural screams, and slapping drums kick things off followed by an immediate sax riffing solo. McGriff chooses to stab and dance around the band with his keys but is never lost in the mix or left out. The guitar seems to be the real lead on this but then again everyone seems to be doing their own thing.

Funkadelic - "Red Hot Momma" b/w "Vital Juices" (20th Century Records / Westbound Records cat. WT-5000)
"Red Hot Momma" is one of my all time favorite songs. Hands down. I have always had a promo of the 20th Century/Westbound version and had "Vital Juices" on a few comps and boots. Now I have a pristine copy all my own on the best format... 45 that is. I only wish there was no fade on on this screaming guitar soaked instrumental of the note perfect "A" side. I still get chills when I hear "Red Hot Momma" and "Vital Juices" just extends that feeling for another 3:13.

Marva Whitney - "I Am What I Am" Part 1 and 2 (Monaurail & Empowerment cat. RDBV-025)
This makes more sense then you may think. I have a few 7's by the backing band here, The Osaka Monaurail, and they are very, very, very influenced by James Brown as well as his many bands / side projects. Some of their originals are too close sounding to JB's cuts that they sound like second rate James Brown compositions but sometimes they can really hit the nail square on. This is one of those times. Being fronted by one of Soul's greatest and most powerful voices doesn't hurt, and oh yeah she played with that James Brown guy quite often. This cut is delivered in two very heavy parts and has a recorded quality creepily similar to the sound on Marva Whitney's It's My Thing LP. Straight forward and belted out like the best of 'em. Popeye has a new theme song.

The Soul Snatchers - "Get Yourself Together" b/w "Sniffin' & Snatchin'" (Social Beats cat. Social 701)
These guys bust out fully charged and with a big sound including a horn section and some really driving percussion. The band is as tight as a duck's ass and has real fine tuned quality to both the playing and the recording. I'd love to hear these guys score a film. "Sniffin' & Snatchin'" is a bit slower but is also a bit heavier than "Get Yourself Together." This time out flute is added nicely to the mix and it has a bit of a conversation with the organ before slamming back into the drum heavy groove.

Hi Fidelity - "Hi Fidelity" b/w "Samboogaloo" (Tramp Records cat. TR-1005)
"Hi Fidelity" sounds really familiar but I just can't place it. Its got a smile in its grooves but never gets too corny. the sax saves any possibility of that as it rips things up for a good portion of the song. After a restatement of their happy theme the trombone is just as intent on keeping things funky as hell like its predecessor. Sometimes I just can't wait to share a song with others.

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