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Monday, July 11, 2011

Legendary Reuben Wilson


Biography

 Reuben Wilson,was one of many soul-jazz organists to emerge in the late '60s, but he was one of only a handful of new organists from that era to be signed to Blue Note. By that point in the label's history, most of their artists were concentrating on accessible soul-jazz, and while he occasionally strayed outside of the conventions of the genre, Wilson more or less followed their rule. Between 1968 and 1971, he recorded five sessions for the label. None of his records received much acknowledgment at the time, but they were later rediscovered by a new generation of soul-jazz fans, becoming collector's items within acid jazz and soul-jazz revivalist circles.

Wilson began performing professionally in 1962. A native of Mounds, OK, he moved to Pasadena, CA, as a child, where he attended school with such future jazz musicians as Bobby Hutcherson and Herb Lewis. As a teenager, Wilson began to teach himself to play piano, but his attention was diverted by boxing. When he was 17, he moved to Los Angeles and married a nightclub singer, through whom he met a number of professional musicians. Associating with musicians conviced Wilson to return to music. Instead of pursuing the piano, he decided to take up the organ, and it wasn't long before he became a regular at the Caribbean club, where he played with drummer Eddie Williams, guitarist George Freeman, and, eventually, Clifford Scott. He played the L.A. circuit for several years before deciding to try his luck in Las Vegas. That venture proved unsuccessful, so he moved back to L.A., where he struck up a friendship with Richard "Groove" Holmes, an organist who would greatly influence his own style.

In December 1966, Wilson relocated to New York, where he formed the soul-jazz trio the Wildare Express with drummer Tommy Derrick. The Wildare Express lasted about six months, playing venues throughout the East Coast and Detroit, and then Wilson decided to concentrate on more complex variations of hard bop and soul-jazz. Eventually, such respected musicians as Grant Green, Roy Haynes, and Sam Rivers began playing with Wilson. Around the same time, Blue Note offered the organist a contract based on a demo he had sent the label.

On Broadway, Wilson's first album for Blue Note, was a quartet session featuring his old bandmate Derrick and was recorded in October of 1968. It was followed in March of 1969 by Love Bug, which featured contributions from trumpeter Lee Morgan and guitarist Grant Green. His third album, Blue Mode, was cut in December 1969 and offered some of his hottest playing. With his fourth album, 1970's A Groovy Situation, Wilson moved in a commercial direction, much like many of his Blue Note peers. In July of 1971, he recorded Set Us Free, his final album for the label.

Wilson's contract with Blue Note expired after Set Us Free and he moved to Groove Merchant, where he released three albums -- Cisco Kid, Bad Stuff, and The Sweet Life -- during the mid-'70s. Throughout the decade, he also played on sessions by funk, soul, and jazz artists, including a record by the Fatback Band. During the late '70s, he recorded sporadically, eventually retiring from music in the early '80s.

By the late '80s, Wilson's music had been rediscovered by a new generation, listeners who didn't dismiss his records as commercial fluff. Like several of his peers, his late-'60s and '70s records, through sampling, became cornerstones in the newly emerging acid jazz and jazz-rap genres. Soon, his out of print records became collector's items, and his sampled licks were appearing on dancefloors throughout England and parts of New York. Eventually, samples of his records were included on hit albums by A Tribe Called Quest, Us3, Brand New Heavies, and Nas. In light of all this new attention, Wilson decided to return to performing, and he toured with Guru's Jazzamatazz revue in 1995. He also began writing new material and performing in new groups, including combos he led himself. In 1996, he signed to Hip Bop and released two albums, Live at SOB's and Organ Donor. The following year, he recorded Organic Grooves with Dr. Lonnie Smith and Doug Carn.

Discography
1968 - On Broadway
1969 - Blue Breakbeats
1969 - Blue Mode
1969 - Love Bug
1970 - A Groovy Situation
1971 - Set Us Free
1972-The Sweet Life
1974 - Cisco Kid
1974 - The Sweet Life
1975 - Bad Stuff
1975 - Got To 1998 - Down With It
1998 - Organ Donor
2002-Organ Blues
2004 - Boogaloo To The Beastie Boys
2005 - Fun House
2006-Movin' On   part 1  \   part 2
2008--The Godfathers of Groove
2009-- Azure Te  part 1  \   part 2
2010-The Godfathers of Groove _vol 3

27 comments:

zand said...

I'm so sorry frof the timeout...

Vel_Kam said...

thanks,zand-greate job/Fun House realized in 2005 ))

Vel_Kam said...

Here missing in your list album:
Reuben Wilson - On Broadway (1968)
https://rs232l33.rapidshare.com/#!download|232l34|227271867|ReubenWilson_OnBroadway.zip|90725|R~688BD347AD123701F51B7D569EDE499F

Vel_Kam said...

And Reuben Wilson - Organ Blues (2002)

http://rapidshare.com/files/276765143/1918ReubenWilsonOrganBlues.rar

Vel_Kam said...

discography As leader:
On Broadway (Blue Note, 1968)
Love Bug (Blue Note, 1969)
Blue Mode (Blue Note, 1969)
A Groovy Situation (Blue Note, 1970)
Set Us Free (Blue Note, 1971)
The Sweet Life (Groove Merchant, 1972)
The Cisco Kid (Groove Merchant, 1974)
Got To Get Your Own (Cadet Records, 1975)
Live at Sob's (Jazzateria, 1996)
Down with it (Cannonball, 1998)
Organ Donor (Jazzateria, 1998)
Organ Blues (Jazzateria, 2001)
Boogaloo to the Beastie Boys (Scufflin Records, 2004)
Fun House (Savant, 2004)
Movin' On (Savant, 2006)
Azure Te (Jewl) (18th & Vine, 2009)

Vel_Kam said...

I have in my collection:
1972 - The Sweet Life
2006-Movin' On
2010-Azure te

If you need it, I can upload by these/

Vel_Kam said...

also,my friend,there are two or three albums of project Reuben Wilson with
Bernard Purdie & Grant Green.Jr
Hire link for one this:
http://rapidshare.com/files/276744873/1917TheGodfathersofGroove.rar
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So do not be modest, ask if you need to download that, of these

mrsoul7700 said...

thank you for the wonderful music and for links

Anonymous said...

blue breakbeats = 98 not 68!

bad stuff aka groove grease = sweet life/cisco kid 2 for 1

Regards
ANONYMOUS BOTCH

zand said...

Thank U Vel_Kam!!! I added your links. But links of organ blues and Bernard Purdie & Grant Green are broken.
and please upload
1972 - The Sweet Life
2006-Movin' On
2010-Azure te

Vel_Kam said...

O.K. my friend,give me a couple days/

Vel_Kam said...

2006-Movin' On & 320
part 1-http://www.mediafire.com/?v4vxfa4ozemqsaz
part 2-http://www.mediafire.com/?vae9ebx344sqpvz

Vel_Kam said...

1972-The Sweet Life @256
http://www.mediafire.com/?ub6q56g1vwvw2fq

Ian Van Groove said...

Cheers Zand + Vel Kam for Organ Donor + Organ Blues. They were criminally missing from my collection. Top sessions both. NB: Track 4 ORGAN BLUES - Back to the Chicken Shack needs a fix! Skips & jumps! (around 1:40)
BTW check out this handy DISCOG from organguitardrums dot com. Great work still in progress...

Vel_Kam said...

2006-Movin' On(missin' song from my esterday's uploading)
part 3-http://www.mediafire.com/?h1bxn3u4maym47y

2009-- Azure Te
part1--http://www.mediafire.com/?a2a61o5237ynu5u
part2--http://www.mediafire.com/?1ctundex31fe3kh
All done, Sand, it's your turn.

Vel_Kam said...
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Cassy said...

It's great to know who Reuben Wilson is and his music. Thanks for sharing his biography.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Online

Tarkus said...

Dear Vel_Kam, too much compliments for your extraordinary blog!
I'm searchin' for The Godfathers of Groove Vol.3 (Reuben Wilson with Grant Green Jr....). May you help me? Thousand Thanx (Hold on).

Vel_Kam said...

Hi,Tarkus ,sorry,just saw your request.OK.I'll do it soon.In addition to this album, I have another similar,1-st or 2 nd, just do not know: The Godfathers of Groove.

Tarkus said...

Thanks man but I Do It! Grreat album (thanks). Now I'm searchin' for the 1st collaboration with Grant Green Jr. & Pretty Purdie: The Masters of Groove (Meet Dr.No) (before Brazilian Groove Band & Godfathers of Groove). Love Reuben Wilson. Great blog!

Vel_Kam said...

2009: Reuben Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Grant Green jr. - The Godfathers of Groove vol 3
part1:
http://www.mediafire.com/?jqbgdbrm29mhddh
part2:
http://www.mediafire.com/?evml51vmcrc2a1m

Vel_Kam said...

2008: Reuben Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Grant Green jr. - The Godfathers of Groove
part1:
http://www.mediafire.com/?mfdtyt8nck805al
part 2:
http://www.mediafire.com/?ci3twollbqci439

Vel_Kam said...

2002-Organ Blues
http://www.mediafire.com/?mqr931x1uzj92tk
with a small error on 4 track, as already noted above Ian Van Groove.

secure tabs said...

I didn't know anything about him, although my grandmother told me something weird about him: he was the first homosexual in Pasadena, CA and his boyfriend was my grandfather, but she (my grandma) didn't care about it, because they had worked together due 22 year and she only wanted his money... anyway, he was good but nobody knows the true.

trbojan said...

pleaseee anyone link album
Masters of Groove - Meet Dr No
thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

YES, WHY DON'T U BUY IT FROM US?

http://www.jazzateria.com/shop.html

THX -JT

trbojan said...

anyone on TEAM post ALBUMS
Joey Defrancesco ALBUMS
thanks!!!

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