VARIOUS ARTISTS / Stevie Covers Mixtape #2
I really don’t have too much to say except for two notes that might not initially be obvious but that you will recognize as you delve into this Mixtape. First, the versions are jazz heavy and not just fusion or quiet storm format but real, charging, hard blowing straight ahead jazz. Jazz musicians tend to be interested as much, if not moreso, in the harmonic underpinnings of a composition rather than only melodic hooks. Stevie Wonder compositions are harmonically advanced, especially for popular music. Stevie’s music offers a cornucopia of sonic possibilities.
The second item of interest is that a number of Stevie’s renditions are taken from bootlegs and they are killing, especially the funkiest “I Was Made To Love Her” you might ever imagine. It’s a shame that there are not more official live recordings, especially from his golden age of the seventies.
So this is the second of eight Stevie covers Mixtapes that I’ve prepared. I don’t have any specific schedule in mind for dropping them. As the cliché goes: we’ll just play it by ear.
That’s it. Enjoy.
01 Groove Factor – Filthy McNasty
02 Kenny Davis – Kenny Davis
03 Stevie Wonder – At The Close Of A Century
04 Paul Bollenback – The ABC of Jazz
“I Was Made To Love Her”
05 Stevie Wonder – At The Close Of A Century
06 King Curtis – King Size Soul
07 Jackie Wilson & Count Basie – Jackie Wilson & Count Basie
08 Jazz Jamaica – Motorcity Roots
09 Stevie Wonder – Live in Person (bootleg)
10 Nnenna Freelon – Tales Of Wonder
11 Bobby Broom – Modern Man
12 Stevie Wonder – Live in London (bootleg)
13 Trijntje Oosterhuls – For Once In My Life
14 SFJazz Collective – Music of Stevie Wonder
15 Marion Brown – Vista
16 Stephane Belmondo – Wonderland
17 Nnenna Freelon – Shaking Free
18 Stevie Wonder – Funkafied Rainbow (bootleg)
—Kalamu ya Salaam
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