At the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, Poogie Bell handed me a surprise: a basement sessions disc. I already had the following week’s TSS playlisted, so this week we hear the first piece from the album.
I’ve met a lot of people who pride themselves on “complete” music knowledge, but what works for me is realization that I don’t know what I don’t know. It’s not as big as Sagan’s universe, but it’s huge.
Awhile back, I started doing 50th anniversary features on important albums. 1973 was a pretty solid year. Aretha’s “Hey Now Hey” album….I recall having it in my early collection, but it’s long gone. Anyway, I did some reading, and found out that it was an important milestone as a departure from the Jerry Wexler era. In fact, Quincy Jones produced it, and there’s some psychelic vibe.
“Hey Now Hey” will be presented on TSS as soon as a copy arrives from The Exchange. In the meantime, though, I have some interesting footnotes to share early in this week’s show. Tune in.