Quinn Lamont Luke was last Saturday`s guest on The Remedy. He brought a mix of spaced-out, Cosmic Funk, Cumbia Satie covers, tributes to Joni (Mitchell) and David (Mancuso), Dylan, Moonshadows, Jazz steppers, tropical vibes, sweet Soul music, and chant for re-entry. You can find out more about the music below, and more about Quinn here.
Words & Music by Quinn Lamont Luke.
Bubbles / Wah Wah Watson
This is one of those records I was into in the early 1990s, when I was discovering Rare Groove, Jazz-Funk, etc.. Such a solid album. I was reminded of this track at JBS in Tokyo last fall when I was there on tour. It takes on a whole new life I feel, in the current landscape of things…
Woodstock / Quinn Lamont Luke
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Woodstock area these days. My car only has a CD player, so I’ve started picking up CDs at thrift shops, just to have a listen to something off the wall, something classic, or to check out something new. I found a John Williams greatest hits CD, and noticed a version of Woodstock I`d never heard before. It pretty much blew my mind. Check it out, if you don’t know it:
Then I thought it would be fun to do a sort of vocal dub/ instrumental version of the classic song. I drew on that version, Joni’s original, and the famous CSNY version for ideas. I had a little home studio setup of, just instruments I found in the wild – thrift shops, pawn shops, garage sales – and a old 4-track I purchased recently. I pressed record, and presto!
Gnosienne No.1 / Chicha Libre
Over the past 10 years, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Mexico. My wife and I have a music school / recording studio / retreat centre project we’re developing down on the Oaxacan coast. I’ll be starting to tell the world about that soon! I’ve been enjoying discovering music around Mexico, particularly Cumbia. Cumbia is actually from Columbia, but is hugely popular in Mexico. Anyhow, this track I discovered from a good friend in Mexico City who gave me a bunch of Cumbia, old and new. Turns out, this is a group from Brooklyn – hence the song choice – and they play a Peruvian version of Cumbia called Chica. It took me a second to figure out what was happening when I first heard it. I think it’s fantastic!
Gotta Serve Somebody / Bob Dylan
I’ve never been a huge fan of Bob Dylan, though I do have a tremendous amount of respect for him, especially after seeing the Scorsese documentary. Living in Woodstock, Dylan still has a looming presence everywhere you turn. He’s playing near our house in June, and I bought tickets. Seemed like the right thing to do. Anyhow, when I’m not listening to CDs from thrift shops in my car driving around, I’m listening to Radio Woodstock 100.1. It’s actually pretty good sometimes. They play good, new Rock, and off the beaten path tracks by legends. One day this track came on the radio, and I was amazed. Most people who have put in their time with classic Rock / Rock legends – or had parents who were Dylan fans – will know this already. I hadn’t / didn’t, so it was new to me. Such a feeling, hearing a great song for the first time, isn’t it?
Haunted house / Lee Oskar
Who doesn’t love War? If you love War, you’re bound to discover Lee’s solo material. I recently moved my record collection out of an East Village basement and into the dining room of our house. This was a rediscovery during that process. The album art on the early ones is pretty great too…
Different Aspirations (Cosmic) / Quinn Lamont Luke
Title track of the mix, of course. Cheeky self promotion!(smiles) So yeah. My life has changed quite a bit in the last couple years. Music has taken a back seat, which I’ve been happy to do. I moved to the country, got married, and we welcome a beautiful baby boy into our lives. I suppose this is a song about adulthood, to a degree. I’ve spent the better part of the last 25 years writing, recording, releasing, and touring / promoting new solo and / or band material. Taking a break gave me a chance to really look at what I was doing, and what I wanted to do. Last year, I decided that what I really wanted to do was make an organic, uplifting, dance track, that evokes the spirit of the songs Mancuso champions at the Loft. That’s what Different Aspirations is. It’s my tribute to David, his spirit, his love for music, his love for all people, and the gathering he created to celebrate these things. The experience was heightened with his passing, of course.
Take a Message / Junior Tucker
Discovered this one from the Beach Diggin’ 3 compilation, a couple of years back. God bless those dudes, going out and unearthing beautiful gems like this one! There is usually at least one on those comps that really floors me. This one did for sure…
Drum it up / Dudu Tucci
This one came via the new BBE compilation Gabriele Poso presents The Languages of Tambores. I was in Mexico when it was released. Saw it posted somewhere, and checked it out. This one resonated with me. I’m a sucker for a guy noodling on the guitar and singing the same line at the same time, a la George Benson.
New Math / Dave Samuels
I was reminded of this one last summer. I had a DJ gig on a rooftop at sunset in New York, and was looking for songs that capture the vibe. Came across Joe Claussell’s comp from some years ago entitled Music… A Reason To Celebrate, and caught this one. That comp is pretty much perfect, by the way. So is this tune. Deep marimba vibes.
It’ll All Come Around / Gallant Patsy
This one came off a comp from the Italian label IRMA, entitled Groovy Vol. 5: A Collection Of Rare Jazzy Club Tracks. Horrible name, but pretty accurate, I guess. It came out around the same time at the Joe Claussel comp, I’d say. I think I was kind of compilation crazy in those days. Great stuff was coming out though, and that was when I really started getting behind the decks myself. I had several friends who DJed through the `90s, but I hadn’t really tried my hand at it until the early 2000s. Comps were – and are – a great way to get your hands on some great tracks to play in one go!
Daytona / Frank LoCrasto
My good friend and old band mate – with Tommy Guerrero – Charlie Hall, was asked to curate an episode of “Shaking Through” which is “…a documentary series about the process of recording music as seen through the eyes of today’s most promising independent musicians.” He picked a phenomenal musician he had met on tour named Frank LoCrasto, and Daytona is a result of it all. The track features the The War on Drugs rhythm section, of which Charlie is a member now. It’s modern-Cosmic-Jazz-Funk, and I like it!
Ram Ram Hari Ram / Crown Of Eternity
My wife has a healing arts centre in Brooklyn called Maha Rose. They do all manner of cosmic and metaphysical treatments and workshops, including sound baths. We decided to go and check out a sound bath near our house upstate one day, in the town of Kingston. It was nice. At the end, the woman put on a “come down” track, that couldn’t have been more perfect. Music selections in those environments tend to not be so good. This one was perfect, and groovin’! I asked her who the artist was, and she told me about Crown Of Eternity. They have a couple real winners out there, and tons of nice sound bath / drone soundtrack stuff.