(originally posted 8/30/08)
Quite simply one of my favorite records, ever.
New Orleans musician Wille Tee's (Willie Turbinton) career began as a teenager; his first release was cut in '62 when he was 18. Throughout the '60's, his jazz-inspired soul records were unlike anything else- full of equal measures of sophistication and raw sounds. The '70's saw him enter a far funkier terrain (with groups The Gaturs and The Wild Magnolias), but his sense of melody always made his records different and, in most cases, mind blowing in their display of the man's talent.
Willie Tee is at his majestic peak here; elements of jazz in the chord progression capped off by a genius soul lyric and vocal. When the drummer hits those triplets on his ride cymbal, it's a transcendent moment of the highest order.
WILLIE TEE - FIRST TASTE OF HURT