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Don’t ‘Walk On By’ Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble & Zap Mama

Three months ago it seems we missed some serious soul serenading going down in Los Angeles as the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble brought together a handful of soul music's elite in order to pay homage to one of music's most prolific eras. Veterans such as Sly Stone, George Clinton, Leon Ware and Shuggie Otis made appearances along with current soul disciples Zap Mama and Alice Russell to put on That 70's Soul at the Mayan Theatre, and from the looks of things we missed out on this one-of-a-kind night. Sparks really flew when Marie Daulne of Zap Mama closed out the evening with a vocalizing throwdown of Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By." Mostly following the blueprint of Issac Hayes' classic cover, the band and Daulne meld together and go for a part jam session, part soul stir, and they pretty much nail it, sounding just as expansive and raw as Hayes' version. Coincidentally I've been cocooning myself in a lot of '70's music this week, so taking in this rendition is fitting to feed my current listening obsession. So do like me and take about 12 minutes out of your day to let the righteous soul sink in by pressing play. To further the experience, you can download the live set for just an e-mail address from the ArtDontSleep website.


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