Sometimes the path to music discovery is a long and winding one.
I recently heard about Soul of America – a documentary focusing on singer Charles Bradley. I haven’t seen it yet, but I did start checking out music by the singer. One of the tunes was “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” from the album, No Time for Dreaming. I thought this must be a re-issue from the good old days of Muscle Shoals, but I was wrong. It was released in 2011.
My journey wasn’t over. Thanks to that record, I discovered The Menahan Street Band – the musicians who made the magic with Bradley. Bassist Nick Movshon is a big part of that sound, of course.
Here they are with Bradley in a December, 2012 appearance at Seattle’s KEXP radio studio. The band performed four tunes, “Lights Out”, “Three Faces”, “Lovin’ You Baby” and “How Long”.
The first half or so of the video is instrumental. If you want to hear the band with Bradley, that happens around the 8 minute mark.
There’s no school like the old school. Even when it is new old school.