Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I'll Give You a Break, Pt. 43: Joe Henderson's "Earth"

Posted by on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

[I’ll Give You a Break is a sporadic series of posts highlighting obscure (and not so obscure) breakbeats in unlikely places, so that they may be sampled by producers or just enjoyed for their own geeky purposes. NB: Don’t forget to clear all samples through the proper channels (cough).]

Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson’s “Earth” features the awesome Alice Coltrane on harp and tambura, Charlie Haden on bass, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler on drums, Baba Duru Oshun on tabla, Kenneth Nash on percussion and narration, and Michael White on violin. On this 13-minute opus from Henderson’s 1973 album, The Elements, they created one of the deepest, most cosmic grooves ever manifested. The huge segment from 0:55-4:40 couldn’t be a more generous gift to high-minded producers looking for a laid-back funk rhythm, which is then sacralized by Coltrane’s sweetly stinging tambura drones and the leader’s coolly melismatic sax, and buttressed by Haden’s staunch “bo-bo, bobobo bo” bass motif.

“Earth” is one of the greatest tracks ever and an untapped gold mine of sampling fodder.

 

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Erin Resso 1
Doesn't Shadow sample that "Time" bit?
Posted by Erin Resso http://deejayres.tumblr.com on May 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
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Hmm, he may have, but a web search didn't turn up any evidence of it. Given how obsessive Shadow fans are, it seems like someone would've documented that sample somewhere on the internet.
Posted by Dave Segal on May 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Erin Resso 3
Considering how non-obsessive a Shadow fan I am, it is entirely possible I'm making shit up. Likely even.
Posted by Erin Resso http://deejayres.tumblr.com on May 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM · Report this

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