Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Lyman Woodard Organization “Saturday Night Special"1975 US Detroit Private Jazz Funk Fusion Classic


The Lyman Woodard Organization “Saturday Night Special"1975 US mega rare Detroit Private Jazz Funk Fusion Classic ..highly recommended..!
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One of the most remarkable things about Saturday Night Special, the 1975 debut album by the Lyman Woodard Organisation, is how two musicians - accompanied by various sessions drummers - could make such a rich and layered set. It still impresses that Lyman Woodard and Ron English could create so many superbly evocative and cinematic jazz-fusion workouts almost on their own. The set has long been regarded as one of the best musical commentaries on a particularly low period in Detroit’s post-industrial history, and many of the tracks are suitably poignant - even those clearly aimed at the dancefloor. Critically, this reissue deals with one of the major issues with original copies - their poor pressing - by stretching the same tracks over two slabs of wax, rather than one…..~


AMAZING organ driven jazz funk, well worth both the search and money it takes to own a copy of this spiritual jazz funk monster, this is a MUST have album if there’s any! LYMAN WOODARD knows his way around everything thing called a groove. 
This STRATA/EAST album is the label’s finest and also one of the all-time best when it comes to jazz meets soul funk with some never again heard groove, the groove is mellow but with a razor sharp funky edge! LYMAN not only plays the organ with an exceptional touch of FUNK he also gives room for the most important instrument for giving it some funk…namely the bass! 
Never again heard mix of spiritual jazz with sweet soul with the all important funk! LYMAN playing his organ on this album is a true blessing, the blessing will, of course, cost you mucho dinero!….~


In association with DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is honoured to present another gem from the small yet significant Strata catalogue. A precursor to New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s Strata Records was founded in the late 1960s by former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox. Starting life as a music-led community organisation, coffee shop studio and venue, Strata released only a few titles as a record label, gaining the imprint a cult following among record collectors and jazz lovers across the globe. 
Possibly the best known of Strata’s releases, The Lyman Woodard Organization’s ‘Saturday Night Special’ is rightly heralded as a jazz fusion classic. Recorded in 1975, ‘Saturday Night Special’ features organ, electric piano and Mellotron by bandleader Lyman Woodard alongside guitar and bass by Ron English, with drums and percussion by Leonard King, Bud Spangler & Lorenzo “Mr. Rhythm” Brown respectively. Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, ‘Saturday Night Special’ lays down an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. Hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, afro-cuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. In other words, this record sounds like Detroit. 
No great album artwork is complete without a good story to match, and ‘Saturday Night Special’ does not disappoint. Snapped by photographer and political activist Leni Sinclair (responsible for seminal pictures of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and John Coltrane and many others), the cover image shows the contents of Lyman Woodard’s pockets placed on the hotel bed after a show: cigarette papers, cash and a pistol. 
Following Woodard’s death in 2009, this incredible album was reissued in highly limited numbers by Wax Poetics; now just as hard to come by as the original pressings. It’s our pleasure to make this important and influential chapter in the story of contemporary jazz available on vinyl once again. …..~


Saturday Night Special is certainly a contemporary jazz cult classic album if there ever was one. Merging the heart and soul of Detroit jazz and rhythm & blues while also tossing in a little Latin music, keyboardist Lyman Woodard was at the forefront of defining an instrumental identity for the Motor City on this recording. With top-notch guitarist Ron English, saxophonist Norma Jean Bell, drummer Leonard King, and percussionists Lorenzo Brown and Bud Spangler, Woodard provided solid, head-nodding groove music punctuated by heady, at times spacy jazz improvisation that set the standard for any rival or modern-day jam band. Although he became an organist exclusively, Woodard added Mellotron and electric piano to his arsenal for this date. The muddy production values diminish the overall quality of the sound, but the music itself is undeniably unique, and set apart from the CTI recordings or the fusion music Miles Davis was producing in this mid-‘70s time period. The two-part title track is an industrial mythic anthem signifying a steadily streaming automobile production line within a slow, slinky melody via Woodard’s various keyboards, flute, and handclaps, a chicken scratch synthesizer insert by the leader, followed by a funky electric bass solo and a jam. "Belle Isle Daze” and “Cheeba” are also dual part pieces, the former a light samba cum boogaloo with Woodard’s organ and synth gliding alongside the guitar of English, the latter a straight Latin groove with Woodard’s burning B-3 and the percussionists working out in Afro-Cuban fashion. The most beautiful track is “Joy Road,” a soul ballad with sighing, serene synth and the lilting alto sax of Bell. King wrote the song of self-determination “Creative Musicians” in a choppy beat as he sings “keep on rollin’ right along,” while “Allen Barnes,” a tribute to Detroit’s enduring saxophonist , is a mix of Milestones meeting Jimmy Smith. English, an unsung hero of post-Kenny Burrell guitardom, penned and leads out on the melodies of the commercial tune “On Your Mind” and the more complex “Help Me Get Away,” a complex, churning, jazz-oriented piece in 5/4 time that reflects the bop aesthetic of the '50s that brought so many Detroit musicians into prominence. Immediately after Woodard’s death in 2009, the Wax Poetics label reissued this recording on limited-edition vinyl, made the tracks and unreleased material available for downloading, and reissued Saturday Night Special on CD. It’s a testament not only to the vibrancy of the Detroit scene and what Woodard offered as one of the forefathers of the burgeoning fusion movement, but more importantly, it signifies how local Detroit musicians prevailed against adversity to keep their traditions very much alive and well….by Michael G. Nastos……~


Woodard, who recorded with a number of Motown acts, and served as musical director for Martha and the Vandellas in the late ’60s scores a stark and grimy pearl with his “frank” keyboard phrasing on the single ‘Saturday Night Special’. It’s a bittersweet city anthem that reflects walking the streets of any metropolis just before six am. The choreographed hand-claps placed in-between a Mellotron versus electric piano discussion accentuates witnessing steam rising from manhole covers. And the sun swinging around tall, grey buildings before people inhabit them once again. It’s sparse and muted production value, a brilliance that inhabits each song on the record, personifies the “need what I need” artistic aesthetic. 
Originally released on the modest but influential Strata Records, this Detroit label was founded in the late ’60s by former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox. BBE Records reissues it on November 17th in association with DJ Amir‘s 180 Proof Records…..~


Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, ‘saturday night special’ lays down an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, afro-cuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. in other words, this record sounds like detroit. following woodard’s death in 2009, this incredible album was reissued in highly limited numbers by wax poetics; now just as hard to come by as the original pressings…..~


The Lyman Woodard Organization‘s 1975 jazz fusion record Saturday Night Special is one of the jewels in the crown of the cult Strata label, whose catalogue BBE are in the process of selectively reissuing. Woodard’s group groove out on some afrocuban styles, with fantastic mellotron and organ action from the leader. Reissued by BBE…..~

High quality vinyl reissue of this highly sought after and classic Detroit jazz record. A monstrous and legendary record with a mythos that goes beyond the music and has come to define Detroit jazz funk. Recorded live in 1973 on equipment borrowed from John Lennon and later “sweetened” at Strata studios, “Saturday Night Special” features Lyman Woodard, Ron English, Leanord King, Norma Bell, among other Detroit players. Whether you’re replacing your old copy or just hearing it for the first time, tracks like “Joy Road”, “Belle Isle Daze”, “Cheeba”, “Allen Barnes”, and the monster “Saturday Night Special” will not dissapoint. A Detroit classic…..~


Not since Graham Bond’s own Organisation had the Mellotron’s icy strings entered into such delicious battle with the rich tones of a baying Hammond as on this cult fusion classic plucked from the vaults of Detroit’s Strata Records, precursor to New York’s Strata East. Long a priceless collectable, 1975’s Saturday Night Special caught Motor City organ wild card Lyman Woodard at the peak of a career that started in the 60s and continued at Detroit’s most perilous nitespots nearly up to his 2009 death. 
Joined by mellifluous guitar-bassist Ron English, drummer Leonard King, percussionist Lorenzo Brown and – on the sonorous reflection of Joy Road – cool saxophonist Norma Jean Bell, Woodard cuts grooves hot enough to fry a henhouse, translating auto factory clang on the title track, delving into smouldering Latin on Cheeba and conscious vocals on Creative Musicians. Inevitably his day-job backing Motown stars The Undisputed Truth or Martha & The Vandellas informs his playing, but the gritty jazz vamps bottled here are more reflective of the ruined city night-crawling scene that spawned them….Record Collector…~


Credits 
Alto Saxophone – Norma Bell 
Drums, Vocals – Leonard King 
Electric Guitar, Electric Bass – Ron English 
Electric Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Artwork [Cover Design] – Lyman Woodard 
Percussion – Bud Spangler, Lorenzo “Mr. Rhythm” Brown* 


Tracklist 
A1 Saturday Night Special (Part I) 2:50 
A2 Saturday Night Special (Part II) 4:03 
A3 Joy Road 4:54 
A4 Belle Isle Daze (Part I) 4:10 
A5 Belle Isle Daze (Part II) 3:21 
A6 Creative Musicians 3:07 
B1 Cheeba (Part I) 5:29 
B2 Cheeba (Part II) 4:26 
B3 Allen Barnes 2:45 
B4 On Your Mind 3:52 
B5 Help Me Get Away 3:47 

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