Tonight on The Midnight Tracker, we have a side that will allow you to do just that. Instantly.
Curtis Owsley has been gone almost 40 years now — stabbed to death in an argument outside his apartment in New York City in August 1971 — and there are many who don’t know about King Curtis.
He was a tenor sax player, first with Lionel Hampton’s jazz band in the early ’50s, then as one of the greatest jazz, rock, soul and R&B session men around from the late ’50s on.
King Curtis also made a name for himself with a bunch of terrific solo records from 1959 until his death. In the three years I’ve been crate digging, I’ve come across exactly one. I bought it. This is it.
Mostly instrumental, as are all of Curtis’ records, “Instant Groove” lives up to its name from the sizzling first cut.
Time to get your groove on, instantly, with Side 1 of this great album.
That is Curtis on tenor sax, of course. On two cuts — “Foot Pattin'” and “Games People Play — that is Duane Allman on lead guitar.
There are two funky Curtis originals — the title cut and “Foot Pattin’.” There are covers of tunes done first by Jimi Hendrix, Glen Campbell, Joe South and Sly and the Family Stone.
“Instant Groove,” “Hey Joe,” “Foot Pattin’,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Games People Play” and “Sing A Simple Song,” King Curtis, from “Instant Groove,” 1969. It runs 18:39.