Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Gaturs featuring Willie Tee “Wasted” 1994 (Recorded in 1970s) US Soul Jazz Funk


The Gaturs featuring Willie Tee “Wasted”  1994 (Recorded in 1970s) US Soul Jazz Funk
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Rare & unreleased early 70’s recordings by New Orleans legendary jazz funkateers.

If Wasted ended after “Gatur Bait,” the third song, it would be a soul classic. Smooth grooves – in the best sense – that never let the jazz leanings take over, the Gaturs brought a less-drum-specific take to the New Orleans funky soul sound, complete with some great tambourine-shaking. Leader/keyboardist Willie Tee had scored earlier regional hits with “Teasin’ You” and it’s sound-alike follow-up, “Thank You John,” two of the sweetest-sounding songs in the pimping songbook. By the time of these early-‘70s recordings, Tee had played behind many of New Orleans’ top artists, both on record and on-stage. His voice had also deepened. However, none of that can explain the vapidness of much of Wasted. Juxtaposed with standouts “Booger Man” and “Cold Bear” are downright boring lite-jazz vamps with lyrics that make many later-day adult contemporary songs seem insightful. Just when you’re ready to give up completely, the Gaturs sucker you in for some more with a decent track like “Funky Funky Twist.”.. by Kurt Edwards…..~


The Gaturs were not as well known as the Meters and not as minimalist in their take on funk, but like that group they created a distinct sound based on the party atmosphere for which New Orleans is famous. Led by veteran session musician Willie Tee, the Gaturs’ jazz-inflected funk and soul only made it to a handful of singles, but did pave the way for Tee’s next project – as bandleader for the festive chants of Mardi Gras Indians the Wild Magnolias. ~ Wade Kergan….~


This is some awesome raw funk music from the NO that would make the perfect soundtrack for a hazy bar type environment. The instrumental tracks are my favorite, with their gritty funk intensity, but the tracks with vocals are great as well. Highly recommended if you are a fan of the Meters, rare funk music and anything along those lines. …by…SanPedro ….~


The 'other’ great original New Orleans funk band, sometimes called the Gaturs and other times The New Orleans Project. At their best they were every bit the equal of The Meters (their best was behind the Wild Magnolias), and while this may not be quite their best, it don’t suck either….~


The New Orleans Funk series (which began with a brilliant first volume and has been increasing less interesting since, particularly due to some really crappy source copies) comes from the Soul Jazz folks who also produced several other comps posted here. [New Orleans Soul & Soul Gospel for example] The label is British and certainly always has the best of intentions, but my impression is they are tiny and without the resources of an Ace for example, and so we must forgive some of their shortcomings as to quality of source material and identification errors - I’d be surprised if there are more than 3 people involved there. As to why the Tuff City folks would have edited the original Gatur 45 titles, I am mystified, but unconcerned as long as they don’t edit the records themselves. They too appear to be a shoestring operation given the tiny number of titles over the last decade and I’ve never been clear whom (if anyone) local they are working with - I’ve yet to run into anyone claiming connection with them and it seems like somebody I know would have mentioned it by now. I am relatively certain that neither label is paying any artist royalties so if they have a local contact he may be keeping quiet deliberately to avoid a confrontation (this is a small place!)…by…KingCake ….~



- Willie Tee - keyboards, vocals 
- Earl Turbinton - alto & soprano saxophone 
- June Ray - guitar 
- Erving Charles - bass 
- Larry Panna - drums




Tracklist 
A1 Booger Man 2:33 
A2 Cold Bear 2:52 
A3 Gatur Bait 2:46 
A4 Nobody Can Be You 3:50 
A5 Hunk Of Funk 2:25 
B1 Funky Funky Twist 3:08 
B2 Wasted 2:29 
B3 Yeah, You’re Right 2:20 
B4 Concentrate 3:47 
B5 Get Up 3:33 

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