Posts tagged ‘70s’
As everyone knows, at least anyone with soul, Don Cornelius, the television impresario who brought us the American pop culture staple Soul Train, has passed away at the age of 75. What most don’t know is that Don was not only the host of the show, but also the executive producer, an accomplishment that was at the forefront of changes in the American landscape after the volatile Civil Rights movement had gained traction in the late 60′s. His role promoting incredible artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, Ike & Tina Turner, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Isley Brothers featured in the video clip below, was just part of the importance of his contribution to American culture. This was one of the first offerings of African-American culture that was not a portrayal as seen through the eyes of a white producer, but rather something that could depict African-American culture honestly and positively from their own perspective. Despite the tragic and saddening circumstances surrounding his passing, I am choosing to celebrate the life he lived and the joy he brought to many with this red hot live take of “That Lady (Parts 1 & 2)”. I really hope you guys enjoy it.
“I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”
Thundercat is the stage name of 27 year old Los Angeles bass innovator Stephen Bruner. From filling in for departed bassist Robert Trujillo, in Suicidal Tendencies, who went on to play in Metallica, to touring with Snoop Dogg and recording with Erykah Badu, Thundercat has earned his stripes over the last ten years in the music industry. In addition to his own impressive resume, the young musician comes from a pedigree that explains his innate talent and creativity. His father, Ronald Bruner Sr., was a professional drummer working with the likes of Diana Ross, The Temptations and Gladys Knight. His brother, Ronald Bruner Jr., received a Grammy back in 2010 for his drumming on Stanley Clarke‘s last album. Stanley Clarke made his fame in 70s fusion group, Return to Forever, with legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea.
Thundercat has taken his experience on the road and in the studio, combined it with the Afro-Bohemian philosophy he surely has engaged with through Ms. Badu and created something entirely fresh and mind-blowing. A member of the L.A. music collective known as the Brainfeeder crew, he has found kindred spirits, musically and culturally in producers Flying Lotus and Teebs. Check out the trippy music video for “MmmHmm” below to enter the astral plane of this emerging artist and his fellow funk-astronaut, Flying Lotus.
Make sure you head down to SOB’s this Wednesday night to watch Thundercat perform in his second show ever in NYC. Arrive early so you can catch a lively set of psychedelic soul from Cosmolingo. Get your discounted tickets here. For more details on this show, check the event listing here.