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Lesson in Creating a Memphis R&B Groove

August 22, 2007

This little ditty is the BOMB. It’s Denise LaSalle’s Man Size Job arranged by Gene “Bowlegs” Miller. This sample is an on-line course in how to create a Memphis Groove. I played it about twenty times in a row and I still can’t get enough!

Here’s a brief description from the waxpoetics web site:

Veteran Memphis trumpeter/bandleader Gene “Bowlegs” Miller had been playing on sides for Chess and Stax for almost a decade by the time he crafted this hard-driving, string-laced arrangement on Detroit’s Westbound in 1972. Bowlegs had previously served as an apprentice to Hi’s Willie Mitchell, arranging and co-producing some of the earlier Ann Peebles sides for the label. So don’t be surprised by this track’s frequent cross-border raids on Mitchell’s musical trademarks.


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