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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ‘It’s Nation Time’ again with Baraka reissue

By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

Imamu Amiri Baraka’s Pan-African manifesto “It’s Nation Time — African Visionary Music,” out of print since 1972, is available once again on vinyl via Motown/UMe.

The spoken-word jazz album was the poet/writer/director/activist formerly known as LeRoi Jones’ first recording and included a funk band led by James Mtume and a free jazz quartet featuring bassists Reggie Workman and Herbie Lewis, pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, and drummer Idris Muhammad.

Coming some four years after Baraka’s death in 2014, the original analog master tapes have been newly mixed in stereo by award-winning engineer and producer Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Jay-Z, Kamasi Washington, et al).

Among the highlights: “Who Will Survive” ponders who will be left standing in the midst of Western carnage. (“Some Americans, very few Negroes, and no crackers at all,” Baraka dryly reports.)

“Who we are is the magic people / The black genius prophets of the planet,” he insists in “Answers.”

In “Pull the Covers Off,” Baraka calls for liberation in syncopation over Bartz’s high-powered horn.

On “Come Back Pharoah,” he forms a call-and-response with backing singer Gwen Guthrie 10 years before she was a solo star with “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent.”

The release comes right in time for Record Store Day’s two-day shopping event tied to Black Friday (Nov. 23) and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24) at participating independent record stores.

Their listings include new vinyl pressings of beloved albums like Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Catch A Fire,” Gravediggaz’ “Six Feet Deep,” Too $hort’s “Get In Where You Fit In,” Cannonball Adderley’s “Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse,” Eric Dolphy’s “Musical Prophet: The Expanded NY Studio Sessions (1962-1963),” “Dexter Gordon‘s “Live At The Playboy Jazz Festival,” Herbie Hancock’s “Flood” (A live LP previously only released in Japan), Sun Ra’s “Crystal Spears” (also available on CD), Muddy Waters & Friends’ “Goin’ Way Back,” and Saul Williams’ “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!: 10th Anniversary Reissue.”

Hot singles consist of Difford & Tilbrook revisiting their classic Squeeze song “Take Me I’m Yours” with Questlove and Robert Glasper; A$AP Ferg’s “B-Sides” featuring the double platinum “Plain Jane” and the remix with Nicki Minaj, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Burning of the Midnight Lamp” and Sting & Shaggy’s “Skank Up (Oh Lawd), featuring Ding Dong” b/w “Oh Carolina/We’ll Be Together (Live).”

Visit www.recordstoreday.com/Stores for an outpost near you.

LAST RODEO: Capping more than 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is launching the first in a series of lineups for his farewell tour in 2019. Joining P-Funk to send this icon of American pop culture off with a bang are New Orleans jam bands Galactic and Dumpstaphunk feat. Ivan Neville, and alt-rock pioneers Fishbone, all of whom are taking time out of their own busy schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, formerly-rainbow-dreaded pioneer of funk, hip hop, and rock & roll.

TASTY QUIP: “One of my biggest strengths is I’m unafraid to say no. I’m not into people owning me. I have a strong vision and any companies or partners who want to work with me have to match my purpose: shaping culture, redefining culture and moving culture forward.” – JANELLE MONAE, on the heels of her Wondaland Pictures signing a first look deal with Universal, to Fast Company

CLIPPETTES: Iconic Atlanta MC Gucci Mane, whose music was cleverly used at the end of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” last week, is in concert with Smokepurpp, Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Asian Doll at The Novo DTLA on Nov. 24

Also that evening, Tha Dogg Pound, featuring Daz Dillinger and Kurupt perform at Los Globos; and Jeffrey Osborne and Leela James co-headline the bill at the Redondo Beach Perforing Arts Center

Snoop Dogg will be signing copies of his new cookbook, “From Crook To Cook” at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at Barnes & Noble – The Grove

Jazz Is Dead is hosting a release party for Georgia Anne Muldrow’s new Brainfeeder album “Overload!” (Executive produced by Flying Lotus, Aloe Blacc and Declaime) Nov. 29 at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. The evening will include an opening set by Pan-Afrikan People’s Arkestra and a DJ set by Garth Trinidad …    

TC ON TV: Nov. 23 – “Frontier” (Netflix): Jason Momoa’s bloody 18th-century North American fur trade drama returns as an appetizer for his “Aquaman” movie opening Dec. 21. “Tales From The Tour Bus” (Cinemax): Bootsy Collins.

Nov. 24 – “Room 104” (HBO): Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta” “Widows”) portrays a man trying to piece together what happened to him the night before. “Christmas Everlasting” (Hallmark): Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield (“Queen Sugar”), Dennis Haysbert (“24”) and Patti LaBelle are featured in this heart-warming 262nd installment of the fabled Hallmark Hall of Fame, still the longest-running and most award-winning series on television. “Every Day Is Christmas” (Lifetime): Toni Braxton is the executive producer and star of a modern take on “A Christmas Carol” with Michael Jai White, Gloria Reuben and Towanda Braxton.

Nov. 25 – “2018 Soul Train Awards” (BET): Erykah Badu is honored in the ceremony hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell. “Jingle Belle” (Lifetime): Tatyana Ali, who is becoming a staple of these films, joins Cornelius Smith Jr., Keshia Knight Pulliam, Loretta Devine, Obba Babatunde and Tempestt Bledsoe in this homecoming tale. “A Stone Cold Christmas” (Bounce): Demetria McKinney, Andra Fuller and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson star in this yuletide romance. “The Truth About Christmas” (Freeform): Kali Hawk (“New Girl”) stars as a successful political consultant whose chance confrontation with a toy store Santa compels her to keep it real.

Nov. 28 – “Ellen” (Syn): Meek Mill, Padma Lakshmi “86th Annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center” (NBC): Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Pentatonix and others perform at the famed tree lighting. “Star” (Fox): Evan Ross returns in this episode with guest star Ben Vereen playing the father of Carlotta (Queen Latifah). “A Legendary Christmas With John [Legend] And Chrissy [Tiegen]” (NBC): Caroling and more with Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saddiq, Meghan Trainor, Kenan Thompson, Jane Lynch, Darren Criss, Zach Galifianakis and the “Queer Eye” Fab Five.

TASTY QUIP: “The fight has always been about who is going to tell the story. That’s what makes history. Cinema is the people who tell the story. Those people have done a lot of damage. I’ve never been a fan of that cowboy bullsh*t. I hate them: Native Americans depicted as savages and animals…F*** John Wayne and John Ford.” – SPIKE LEE at BAFTA

 

As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment newspaper columns on the West Coast, serving nearly one million weekly readers. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com or via Twitter @tastyclips.