Headed to the El Rey Theatre tonight to see Booker T. Jones, whose new album “Sound The Alarm” was released today. I’ve heard the album, and it’s a fresher mix of sounds than his 2011 release, “The Road From Memphis” but then that album was more of a tribute to his own influences, so it’s fitting.
The album even opens with a cool old clip of audio from a show where Booker T is introduced, to what sounds like an old school crowd, and the whole clip is scratched in by a DJ, then the album kicks off with a groovy bassline, and of course, a whirling organ flying around making things happen.
On this new album, I particularly enjoyed the instrumental “Feel Good”. The song does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a strut, a happy jaunt down a sunlit street, full of harmony and melody, subtle touches and an anchor of a beat holding it all down. Hopefully Booker T will play this one tonight, I’ll be looking out for it!
More to come after the show, hoping to get some pictures, and hope to get up close too. I want to see what the bass set up is, because it is silky but fat on this record. Not a lot of high end to it, just round and chunky in the middle, no growl either. All tone, ala motown or of course, being Booker T, Stax.
For those that don’t know, Booker T Jones was the driving force behind the M.G.‘s who were Stax records’ house band. and is a Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee. The man is a legend, and everybody knows a Booker T Jones hook, even if you don’t know his name. I was lucky enough to be working at Bug Music in 2011 when “The Road From Memphis” was released, so I got to see how the record was put together, and had a blast with that experience. It will be fun to see the band at work tonight.