BACKGROUND MUSIC FOR OUR FINAL LINER NOTES
Track 5 SUPERFLY
Composed by Curtis Mayfield
Interpreted by Jazz Soul Seven
CD “Impressions of Curtis Mayfield”
Produced by Brian Brinkerhoff, co-produced and arranged by guitarist Phil Upchurch, feat. Terri Lynn Carrington (drums), Russ Ferrante (piano), Master Henry Gibson (percussion), Bob Hurst (bass), Wallace Roney (trumpet) and Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone).
BFM Jazz, 2012
(album photo / we had one of each)
It is hard to describe the music of THE PARTY CRASHERS of NEW HAMPSHIRE without venturing into a dangerous thicket of multi-hyphenated compound nouns.
No single musical style would be enough to satisfy their artistic inclinations, so they delved into many genres : pop, rock, jazz, funk, disco, blues, r & b and dance … to name only eight.
How did I get in touch with THE PARTY CRASHERS of NEW HAMSPHIRE ?
I discovered bassist KRISTIN PARTCH looking for information on You Tube and found her jamming in a version of “LOW RIDER” a super hit of Group WAR in 1975.
KRISTIN is the very definition of a prodigy on her instrument. Later, I found her in other incredible versions playing with the sensibility of jazz and the groovin’ of hard and rock jazz fusion, and could learn more about her music heritage via her father, ….. (name from interview) PARTCH, another American treasure deserving wider recognition.
(photo Kristin w her sun glasses)
Saxophonist KATIE RUNDE was another impressive discovery.
I can’t say enough about KATIE and the positive impact that she had on me when soloing.
(photo from our TV show)
Aside from being a wonderful reed woman, she’s also a gifted Artist, a street painter and a freelancer.
KATIE has toured the world in festivals, and her resume describes a Who‘sWho in Modern Music.
I don’t know too many women who play saxophones and flute that have expertise in both arts.
(photos / Logo Fine Arts & Illustration)
Drummer THOMAS “TOM” JELLISON is a one of a kind as well.
He was also in that “Jam” with bassist KRISTIN PARTCH and in our show, he sang the background vocals of every song and was the leader in “POLK SALAD ANNIE” a composition of Tony Joe White that has been an enduring hit since 1970, with versions by the composer in his album BLACK AND WHITE, made popular first by Brook Benton, then by Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and hundreds of others.
(Tony Joe White’s album)
POLK SALAD ANNIE continues to be covered in the US and Great Britain.
(found a good new photo by Tony Joe White)
Thanks to THE PARTY CRASHERS for helping to keep alive this song full of White’s LOUISIANA roots.
(photos / the composer’s album / and TOM)
Singer HILLARY LEICHER’s ability to get to the very heart of a lyric is impressive, if we value the variety of THE PARTY CRASHERS repertoire.
In the process of the whole show, she made us all more attentive, while critical listeners and viewers. An ability to sing anyone’s part is unsurpassed.
(Hillary on our episode)
I met TED MORTIMER in Huntington, Vermont playing with the STONE COLD ROOSTERS at Don Sheldon’s Valley Stage Festival – an event held on the backyard of his home in 2013. There, I learned the meaning of Western Swing.
(I have one or two from that day)
I loved Mortimer’s touch on his guitar as his playing displays a cutting edge, a unique bite to even the smoothest ballad.
His harmonic approach on a piano less band like THE PARTY CRASHERSis vital, and you can also admire him singing leads with HILLARY LEICHERin anthems like COLD SWEAT by James Brown.
(TED singing in our show / There’s a good one by them two)
Anyone who had not seen him before, can now learn about his many moods during 10 years performing and recording in Los Angeles, before moving to the Upper Valley and playing DUETS and TRIOS with Jeremiah McLane (piano and accordion), Thal Aylward (violin), Peter Concilio (bass), Glendon Ingalls (trumpet), his wife Linda B who is an amazing Blues singer, and other ensembles in New Hamsphire.
(photo w his wife)
Composer IRVING BERLIN once said that the best things happen when you are dancing.
I would never argue about it, when it comes to great lyricists like Mr. Berlin;but I will also add that the best things also happen when you are watching and producing an episode with a band like THE PARTY CRASHERS of NEW HAMPSHIRE.
It helps, of course, when what you are listening to is a gifted QUINTET
able to fuse the American Song Book in one set of any genre.
(The PC in action at LCATV)
Most remarkable, though, is THE PARTY CRASHERS ability to capture the past with such validity, never expressing a feeling that is forced or false.
(The PC in action at LCATV)
I hope this new episode works its way into the general public’s consciousness as well as in the whole New England sister channels.
(Kind of snapshot of The PC)
Personally, I would like to thank everyone and every thing that has made this project possible.
I am forever grateful to everyone that has had an impact on my growth as
a broadcaster as well as a person. One of them is REBECCA PADULA with whom I always enjoy the opportunity to work with.
In our crew, we had another helping hand in PAUL MAGRO – THE PARTY CRASHERS soundman, who along with Rebecca and drummer Tom did a remarkable job with the sound.
(If it is a good take when MAGRO enters in set during interview)
Three never forgotten members of THE PARTY CRASHERS that raise my knowledge are : singer Emily Musty, saxophonist Barbara Smith and guitarist Ed Burguess.
(we got two photos of The PC w mentioned singer and saxophonist)
ABOUT OUR BACKGROUND MUSIC
I had admired all the aforementioned members of the JAZZ SOUL SEVENbefore receiving this tribute to Curtis Mayfield’s music in 2012.
Immediately, it became a HIT in my radio show The Cuban Bridge at St. Michael’s College station, and bands like Burlington’s Grundlefunk, whohave visited our WWPV studios, selected SUPERFLY to have a funky good time on air as well.
Thanks to the liner notes of A. Scott Colloway, I learned more about the music and history of CURTIS MAYFIELD – a peerless prophet of American popular music who walked this earth with enough third eye insight and empathy for his fellow men to tower above all of his contemporaries.
MAYFIELD had guitarists all over the world fumbling to emulate his golden silken sound. Then there was his voice.
CURTIS MAYFIELD’s lyrics remain the undisputed truth, and the song we selected is MAYFIELD’S all-time greatest work : the soundtrack of SUPERFLY, the ’70s film classic about a Harlem cocaine pusher “tryin’ to get over” with one fat final score before leaving the hustle behind.
(photo of the film)
SUPERFLY is a million-seller, the album spawned two # 1 Billboard Soul Chart hits in “Freddie’s Dead” and “Superfly”. Both are given fittingly boogie down treatments in this album, emitting the swagger and attitude of the times.
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It is our goal, to honor CURTIS MAYFIELD bringing back a chart-topper by the IMPRESSIONS in the 1960s, more than 50 years later.
This album is dedicated to MASTER HENRY GIBSON, a Chicago native and original member of Curtis Mayfield’s band who flew from his adopted SWEDEN for the session.
Aside from being a beloved percussionist with renowned jazz legends in the US, Gibson played with Mayfield, non-stop in venues around the globe for 17 years.
(photo Gibson w his perc set)
Check the JAZZ SOUL SEVEN in their many moods and other groundbreaking projects.
(album photo and if we could better color the inner pic would be awesome)
Back to our guests.
For more information about THE PARTY CRASHERS of NEW HAMPSHIRE visit them @
partycrashers.com on facebook and on twitter
To admire KATIE RUNDE’s Fine Arts visit her at
Until next time, let’s keep a light on the road from New Hampshire to Colchester.
Peace is all we need.