Sunday Music & Gospel & Layla Zoe & Susan Tedeschi

Two great singers channel Janis Joplin doing Gospel.

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Herbie Hancock & Space Captain

Recording session of “Space Captain” (written by Matthew Moore, popularized by Joe Cocker in 1970), with Herbie Hancock and other greats.

Herbie Hancock (piano), Susan Tedeschi (lead/backup vocals), Derek Trucks (slide guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass, backup vocals), Kofi Burbridge (organ, backup vocals), Mike Mattison (backup vocals), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums). Epic “trading fours” back and forth between piano and slide from 3:34.

Oh Happy Day & Sunday Music & Sister Act 2

“Oh Happy Day” from Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), with Whoopi Goldberg, and Ryan Toby doing the solo.

UPDATE: Thanks for the likes for this particular post, which triggered an automatic announcement informing me that I have received 1,000 likes on this blog. At 506 posts, that’s almost exactly . . . let’s see here . . . two likes per post!

By gosh, that’s gotta mean something.

I’m just not sure exactly what.

Sunday Music & Aretha Franklin & God Will Take Care of You

From Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats (1972, re-released 1999 and 2003), with the Southern California Community Choir, directed by Rev. James Cleveland.

Whilst our Sunday offering as always urges this humble blog’s honored readers toward . . . higher matters, I regret that I am compelled, by a damnable oath sealed with drops of my own blood, to link to Nightsky’s (shudder) second Rocktober Countdown!!!!!!!!!!!!! post.

O, do not go there, good friends, I beg you. Or if you do, AVERT YOUR EYES!!!!

Sunday Offering & Mariah Carey & O Holy Night

Recorded in LA (2000) I think.

This is the best rendition of O Holy Night that I know. The studio version on Mariah’s classic Christmas album (1994) is also great, but this one has some additional touches (i.e. the organ, and a bigger role for the choir) and is even better. Also, great live Gospel energy.

Jaco Pastorius & C.C. Riders & Rice Pudding

A very young Jaco was nurturing some amazing chops while touring with Wayne Cochran and C.C. Riders (1972). Song by Charlie Brent.

I got this about half a year ago. It’s a fantastic album with a lot of varied stuff, and I highly recommend it, even with the suboptimal recording quality (almost none of it was professional). A lot still comes out with the sound, including some great live energy.

Cannonball Adderley & Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

Our sacred music this Sunday emerges unexpectedly from the archives of jazz classics, specifically the album Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at “The Club” (1966).

Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (keyboard), Victor Gaskin (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums).

The other unexpected thing is that the writer of this most gospel-infused of jazz standards (Joe Zawinul) came from the mountains of Austria, not from a Baptist church. Zawinul and Wayne Shorter would found the group Weather Report about five years later. In the meantime, many would cover Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!, though this live version continues to be the gold standard. The very first post of this blog featured a cover by Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report’s most famous bassist. It was recorded (probably a bootleg) when he was no longer in Weather Report and was sinking deep into his bipolar disorder in the last years of his relatively young life.