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13 May 2017

Webster Lewis And The Post-Pop Space-Rock Be-Bop Gospel Tabernacle Chorus And Orchestra BABY! ‎ “Live At Club7” 1972 US Soul Jazz Funk 2 LP Sonet Label













Webster Lewis And The Post-Pop Space-Rock Be-Bop Gospel Tabernacle Chorus And Orchestra BABY! ‎ “Live At Club7” 1972 US ultra rare Soul Jazz Funk 2 LP Sonet Label

Recorded live at Club 7 Oslo, Norway July 30-31, 1971 
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Webster Lewis and the Post-pop, space-rock, be-bop, gospel tabernacle chorus and orchestra BABY!! Live at Club 7 2LP Sonet /Arne Bendiksen 1972 Record M- (been played 1 time) cover M- some minor scuffle in one corner This is the legendary Webster Lewis release on the Arne Bendiksen/Sonet label in Norway, including the dancefloor killers Do you believe (sampled by Kruder and Dorfmeister/People Under The Stairs) and Its your thing. This is the doubble original LP with gatefold cover filled with the cartoon drawings of the artists. Probably Scandinavias rarest rare groove release filled with some amazing live soujazz recorded by legendary producers Jan Erik Kongshaug and Hallvard Kvale at CLub 7 in Osloo, Norway in 1971. The record has only been played once by me and is in amazingly good condition, no surface scratches at all. Dont know of any copy of this record that is in this condition, like it is straight of the press lineup: Webster Lewis, Stan Strickland, Bobby Greene, Judd Watkins, Jimmy Hopps (pictures is mirror view since my regular camera didnt work i used my MacBook camera) ..................

Early sideman appearances by this keyboardist, composer, and arranger indicated potential on the modern jazz scene, Webster Lewis taking over from Larry Young in the progressive jazz Tony Williams' Lifetime band as well as joining the dissonant mass of multi-keyboard lineups on projects by George Russell, Bill Evans, and the Piano Choir. Lewis possessed a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was mentored by modernist and jazz historian Gunther Schuller. Nonetheless, the most enduring legacy of Lewis are disco recordings he began creating in 1976 when contracted by Epic. Critics and purists spat out the resulting fare, not owning a crystal ball that would allow them to see the fervor with which these types of concoctions would be chewed on once they had become so-called rare grooves. "On the Town," title track of Lewis' 1976 Epic debut, and a portrait of "Barbara Ann" unrelated to the Beach Boys are examples of Lewis' hits from the second half of the '70s. Working in the background turned out to be the main career meat for Lewis, whether it meant composing soundtrack themes or working as a musical director for fellow keyboard mangler Herbie Hancock and deep-voiced soul man Barry White. He also organized recording sessions and concert appearances for Michael Jackson and Tom Jones. Live at Club 7 was Lewis' first solo release in 1971, including a groovy version of an Isley Brothers tune and prompting a move to Los Angeles by the middle of the decade. Hancock himself showed up as co-producer for Lewis' third Epic side, Eight for the Eighties. An appreciative hit entitled "The Love You Give to Me" resulted, Lewis continuing to score with the disco audience over the next few years with tracks such as the tricky "El Bobo." Lewis subsequently produced albums for Gwen McCrae and Michael Wycoff, going from there into television commercial and film soundtrack music. His film credits -- The Hearse, The Sky Is Grey -- give the indication that this was the man to call if the subject was grim, in contrast to the happy party feel of his solo albums. Lewis died from complications resulting from diabetes. ~ Eugene Chadbourne..................

Plastic Strip Press and Jazzaggression Records are proud to present this release of the Webster Lewis and the Post-pop, space-rock, be-bop, gospel tabernacle chorus and orchestra BABY!! Live at Club 7 2LP released by Arne Bendiksen in 1972. This original 2 LP has become a holy grail for soul and jazz collectors all over the world and includes the dance floor classics It´s your thing and Do you believe that has been sampled by various hip-hop and electronica bands.
PSP and JA have gotten exclusive access from Arne Bendiksen AS to the complete studiotapes recorded during 2 nights at the legendary Club 7 in Oslo with over 10 hours of music in total. We have found the complete photo series taken by Svein Kojan during the Club 7 concert and the release also includes in depth linernotes based on an interview done with the producer of the Live at Club 7 record Hallvard Kvåle.

Webster Lewis had been active in the late 60´s in the jazz and soul scene in Boston and had formed a band with saxophone players Stan Strickland and Bobby Greene, singer Judd Watkins and drummer Jimmy Hopps called the Webster Lewis Quintet. When Webster`s teacher at the New England Conservatory of music, George Russell , was commissioned to write a work to be performed at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Russell put as a term to bring over some of his musicians from Boston to form the core of the band. Hence Webster and his band got airplane tickets to Norway.

Finished in Kongsberg the band went to live in Oslo doing some jams in a typically lazy Oslo summer. At one of the jam sessions Attila Horvath, the chief of Club 7 heard the band and booked them to play the club from the 25 to the 31 of July. The coming Friday and Saturday 30-31 July it was recorded over 10 hours of material of music, three regular sets plus two encores both nights and Attila held the Club opened illegally long after closing hours. These sessions are still viewed as a historic happening on the Norwegian jazz scene. The record Live at Club 7 came out early January 1972. But the band had made such an impression on the Norwegian crowd that they came back to Norway the summer of 1972. This time around Jimmy Hopps stayed behind in Norway for a year and formed a quartet with Jan Garbarek, Calle Neumann and Arild Andersen and Hopps also played with the Svein Finnerud Trio. Webster and the band continued to play European jazz festivals for 11 years.

Webster Lewis later became a successful producer, arranger and solo artist working with Barry White, Herbie Hancock, Fred Wesley and Gwen McRae. Jimmy Hopps recorded and played with Pharaoh Sanders and Charles Tolliver while Judd Watkins collaborated with Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Stan Strickland went on to play with Yuseef Lateef, Marlena Shaw and recorded with Brute Force. Webster Lewis passed away on the 20th of November 2002.

The album presents for the first time the whole original double LP Live at Club 7, alongside unreleased music from the Club 7 sessions with alternative versions of Do you believe, It`s your thing and 5 new compositions including the killer groover Up on the roof.

We are proud to release these unique recordings of uplifting and spiritual jazz mixed with gospel, Latin and soul. Or better labeled by the band themselves: Post-pop, space-rock, be-bop, gospel tabernacle chorus and orchestra BABY!...........

The earliest work we've ever heard from keyboardist Webster Lewis – and a set that's quite different than his late 70s groovers for Columbia Records! The music here is equal parts jazz, soul, and funk – spun out of over a set of long tracks recorded in Oslo at the start of the 70s – and done in a very righteous mode overall! Even at this early age, Lewis is a tremendous talent on the keys – hitting the Hammond and electric piano with a groove that's somewhere in between Doug Carn or Charles Earland at the time – and always with a free-flowing, very exploratory sound that's wonderfully recorded throughout – and which almost makes the record feel like an American classic on the Black Jazz label! The drums on the set are by Jimmy Hopps – who brings in some funky beats at just the right moments – and other musicians include Bobby Greene on alto and Stan Strickland on tenor – plus Judd Watkins on vocals, who sings on some of the best songs with a deep-voiced quality that's really great! This double-length reissue really expands past the previous version on Counterpoint – and the 2CD set features 15 tracks that include "Do You Believe", "Saturday Night Opening", "Dear Sister", "Qvote Unqvote", "Mr Knots", "Space Rock", "Silent Lights", "Up On The Roof", "Club 7 Latin", "For Arne", "Twelve Gates To The City", and "Intermezzo". .............. 

Recorded live at Club 70, Oslo, Norway July 30-31, 1971. "Good evening ladies and gentlemen to Club7 - bringing you the finest in Jazz, Funk and Soul in all of Norway and indeed Scandinavia. Tonight we have something very special for you...Webster Lewis and the Post-pop, space-rock, be-bop, gospel tabernacle chorus and orchestra Baby!!"
"Some of Webster Lewis' earliest work can be found on a live recording release titled Webster Lewis In Norway: The Club7 Live Tapes. This collection of live recordings came when the keyboardist and his short-lived group at the time, The Post-Pop, Space Rock, Be-Bop, Gospel Tabernackle Chorus and Orchestra BABY!, performed a couple of dates in Norway during the summer of 1971. This nicely recorded live album marks the only material released by this group during their very short existence. The entire record has a very funky spaced-out groove throughout, which is led by the electric piano and organ playing of Lewis. The album definitely sounds like something that would have been released off a label like Strata-East or Black Jazz Records." (Village Dance Radio)

Also known as the more conventional Webster Lewis Quintet, they recorded this album over a Friday and Saturday night in a club in Oslo, Norway 1971. It was mixed and cut over the next few days by Webster Lewis and Jan-Erik (Kongshaug - ECM) before the band left on the Tuesday. The result is nothing short of spectacular. Every track on the record (although I have to go buy the CD now as I recently found out there's more material on it) is jazz of the highest caliber ... Do You Believe alt. Version moves and sounds like nothing I've heard; It opens with the soft organ stabs of Webster's Hammond, followed promptly by the beat of the incomparable Jimmy Hopps. Out from the darkness comes the ever-soulful voice of Judd Watkins crooning with the question "Do You Believe?". It's only 1 minute into a 17 minute track and Brother Watkins, I believe! It's essentially as Gospel track, rooted in Jazz, but is Jazz allowed to be so damn funky?" (Futureproof)................

Credits
Alto Saxophone – Bobby Greene
Design – Ellen Wilhelmsen
Electric Piano – Webster Lewis
Engineer – Jan Erik Kongshaug
Keyboards [Yamaha Electon] – Judd Watkins, Webster Lewis
Layout – Ellen Wilhelmsen
Organ [Hammond Organ] – Webster Lewis
Percussion – Bobby Greene, Jimmy Hopps, Stan Strickland
Photography – Svein Kojan
Producer – Hallvard Kvåle, Webster Lewis
Tenor Saxophone – Stan Strickland
Vocals – Judd Watkins

Tracklist
A1 Do You Believe
Written-By – PPSRBBGTC & O*, Webster Lewis
21:45
B1 Saturday Night Evening
Written-By – PPSRBBGTC & O*, Webster Lewis
7:48
B2 Mr. Knotts
Written-By – PPSRBBGTC & O*, Webster Lewis
9:18
C1 Space Rock
Written-By – PPSRBBGTC & O*, Webster Lewis
15:23
C2 Qvote - Unqvote
Written-By – Jimmy Hopps
7:27
D1 Dear Sister
Written-By – PPSRBBGTC & O*, Webster Lewis
3:33
D2 It's Your Thing
Written-By – O. Isley*, R. Isley*, R. Isley*
10:13

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