Jazz April Birthday #9: Reuben Wilson 1935 | April 9, 2013

Godfather of Groove, Reuben Wilsoncredit:

Godfather of Groove, Reuben Wilson

     Soul-jazz organist Reuben Wilson, a former professional boxer who appeared in the film “Carmen Jones,”  laid the groundwork for what would be known as “acid jazz.” 

     Between 1968 and 1971, he recorded five sessions for the Blue Note label and while none of these records received a huge amount of acknowledgment at the time, they became popular later with a whole new generation through being sampled on hip hop records.  During the ’80s, “Got To Get Your Own,” the title track to his 1974 Cadet album, caught on in dance clubs in England.

     More recently, he formed a trio called the “Godfathers of Groove” with guitarist Grant Green Jr. and drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie.

“Today, I’m playing to the children of my original audience”, Wilson noted. “I feel like l made a real contribution musically, and I feel very good about the fact that it’s actually given me legend status in Europe.”


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