On the aptly titled Doin' Our Thing (1968), the famed Stax house band indeed play their own compositions, to be heard in the album opener "I Can Dig It", the title track and "Blue On Green". But the boys also make a list of classic Soul and R&B covers their own.
They tackle famous tracks like "Expressway To Your Heart", written by the famed producer duo Gamble & Huff and popularized by the Soul Survivors in 1967. "The Beat Goes On", originally written by Sonny Bono (who made it an evergreen with his then-wife Cher) is sprinkled with some Booker T. magic and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Holland, Dozier & Holland gets the ever-so-funky organ treatment.
Charlie Haden, the bassist in this recording, is a musician who earned prominence as a member of the original Ornette Coleman Trio which exploded on the jazz scene in the middle fifties. Drummer Paul Motian, best known for his long association with the Bill Evans Trio, is one of the most sensitive drummers in jazz.
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During his career, he intently takes on clichés, turning and twisting them until the point is made: out of the ordinary comes the extraordinary. This is the essence of Randy Newman.
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By incorporating the latest innovations in keyboard instruments like the Mellotron and Hohner clavinets, this fun loving group were on the forefront of where Funk was bound to go a year or so later.
Supertight rhythms, poppin' basslines and gospel like vocal chants, this album could be even labeled Disco avant la lettre.
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