I first heard this on a mixtape my friend gave me back in the early ‘90’s which was made up of downtempo underground tunes (hip-hop, trip-hop, flip-flops etc.) that had completely passed me by as looking after a 3 year old girl with very little moolah to buy records will do that to you.
Also how do you go into a shop to try & explain how this sounds (“it sounds a bit like Horace Silver but with vibes and has a flute that rests so sweetly on the guitar, percussion, drums & bass …”), previous experience had told me that this would more than not be a futile exercise (N. Hornby’s High Fidelity sprung to mind).
From then on any jazz records I bought was in the hope that this tune would start seeping out of the speakers unexpectedly, but all to no avail and as time passes it occasionally pops into your head until …
A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon I was listening to Gilles Peterson’s show, now on 6 Music, in the kitchen whilst preparing dinner for La Famille (a mild korma to go with my wife’s homemade garlic naan if you want to know) when I heard THAT intro and then felt the indescribable joy that is the essence of being a music junkie which is best described and to paraphrase Nile Rodgers, “I can’t kick this feeling when it hits”.
Question : Do you have a similar scenario – brilliant tune, no idea of who or what but by happy accident found it however long it took? Is there something you have that you would like to know who it’s by?