Kato’s Gems #7

Frank Zappa

Welcome to our seventh appointment of Kato’s Gems. Today we start with Frank Zappa’s “Over Nite Sensation”, released in 1973. Between Free Jazz and Prog, with even xylophones capable of inserting themselves into the compositional plot, we could think of something brainy. Instead here is Zappa perfectly focused on the song form. From “Montana” to “Camarillo Brillo” from “Dirty Love” to “Fifty Fifty”, here is the whole band on the shields, with deadly rehearsals by George Duke and Jean Luke Ponty for a multifaceted and never banal sound.

Clyde McPhatter

“Treasure of love” by Clyde McPhatter. This splendid Atlantic edition released in 1980, exclusively for the Japanese market, contains the most important singles recorded by the legendary American singer, first with the Drifters, and then as a soloist. His is an unfortunate and often forgotten story, although Clyde Mc Phatter is considered by experts to be one of the best voices who trod the Rhythm and Blues scenes between the late 1950s and the early 1960s. In fact, at 30 he entered a deep crisis that turned him away from music and made him an alcoholic, ending up crushed by a heart attack at just 39 years old.

The Style Council

“Cafe Bleu” by The Style Council In 1984 Paul Weller made a change in his career, producing the debut album of his new project. He hired dizzying musicians for a mix of Jazz, Bossa, Funk and Northern Soul rhythms, even making a detour in rap with the splendid “A Gospel”. A classy album that together with Working Week and the legendary Sade, paved the way for the trend of using jazz in contemporary productions.