Lyman Woodard Organization
Saturday Night Special

Lyman Woodard Organization

Saturday Night Special
Sealed, Out Of Print 2009 2LP Limited, Numbered Edition Gatefold In A Resealable Bag With Custom Sticker. Features Bonus Tracks Not Issued On The Original LP, Which Sells In The $500 Range If It Can Be Found. Limited To 1500 Numbered Pressings. “A Contemporary Jazz Cult Classic Album If There Ever Was One. Merging The Heart And Soul Of Detroit Jazz And Rhythm & Blues While Also Tossing In A Little Latin Music, Keyboardist Lyman Woodard Was At The Forefront Of Defining An Instrumental Identity For The Motor City On This Recording. With Top-Notch Guitarist Ron English, Saxophonist Norma Jean Bell, Drummer Leonard King, And Percussionists Lorenzo Brown And Bud Spangler, Woodard Provided Solid, Head-Nodding Groove Music Punctuated By Heady, At Times Spacey Jazz Improvisation That Set The Standard For Any Rival Or Modern-Day Jam Band. Although He Became An Organist Exclusively, Woodard Added Mellotron And Electric Piano To His Arsenal For This Date. The Two-Part Title Track Is An Industrial Mythic Anthem Signifying A Steadily Streaming Automobile Production Line Within A Slow, Slinky Melody Via Woodard's Various Keyboards, Flute, And Handclaps, A Chicken Scratch Synthesizer Insert By The Leader, Followed By A Funky Electric Bass Solo And A Jam. "Belle Isle Daze" And "Cheeba" Are Also Dual Part Pieces, The Former A Light Samba Cum Boogaloo With Woodard's Organ And Synth Gliding Alongside The Guitar Of English, The Latter A Straight Latin Groove With Woodard's Burning B-3 And The Percussionists Working Out In Afro-Cuban Fashion. The Most Beautiful Track Is "Joy Road," A Soul Ballad With Sighing, Serene Synth And The Lilting Alto Sax Of Bell. It's A Testament Not Only To The Vibrancy Of The Detroit Scene And What Woodard Offered As One Of The Forefathers Of The Burgeoning Fusion Movement, But More Importantly, It Signifies How Local Detroit Musicians Prevailed Against Adversity To Keep Their Traditions Very Much Alive And Well.” Michael G. Nastos, AMG.
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Track List

A1 Saturday Night Special
A2 Joy Road
B1 Belle Isle Daze
B2 Creative Musicians
B3 Saturday Night Special (Alternate Take)
C1 Cheeba
C2 Allen Barnes
D1 On Your Mind
D2 Help Me Get Away