Al Kooper is far better known for the music and musicians he’s fostered rather than for any self-defining hit single or album of his own. In fact, many of the classic rock songs he’s played on and produced overshadowed his own extraordinary talents and musicianship.
“Man, what am I going to do to follow up the ‘Shaft’ LP? I know — let’s try something badass!”
— Isaac Hayes
Nearly a half-century after being released, Black Moses stands the test of time. It’s a meandering mishmash of disjointed instrumentation and unanticipated musical influences somehow welded together by a singular prophetical artist then at the pinnacle of his power and creativity.
Gambling on the Grammys this year? It’s not an exaggeration to say no one in the world has picked more Grammy winners for profit over the past five years than my dear friend — Matt Lessinger. Here are his latest thoughts on this year’s nominees: