Louisiana Slim

Leon Spencer’s 1971 Prestige classic, “Louisiana Slim.”

This month in soul jazz history, Leon Spencer recorded his second Prestige classic, “Louisiana Slim.”  Recorded on July 7th, 1971, at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with Leon Spencer on organ, Melvin Sparks on guitar, Idris Muhammad on drums, Virgil Jones on trumpet, Grover Washington Jr. on tenor sax and flute, and Buddy Caldwell on congas, “Louisiana Slim” kept the Leon Spencer soul-jazz train speeding down the tracks breaking only for hot tones and sweet licks!

Rusty Bryant's 1970 album, "Soul Liberation."

Rusty Bryant’s 1970 album, “Soul Liberation.”

This month in soul jazz history, we celebrate the recording of saxophonist Rusty Bryant’s landmark album, “Soul Liberation.”  “Soul Liberation” was recorded in June of 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and featured soul jazz luminaries Charles Earland on organ, Melvin Sparks on guitar, Idris Muhammad on drums, and Virgil Jones on trumpet.  The title track, “Soul Liberation,” is also a feature performance on the upcoming Boogie Lou and The Prestige album, “Attack of the Boogie.”

B-3 organist, Charles Earland

B-3 organist, Charles Earland

This month in soul jazz history, we celebrate the birthday of organist/saxophonist Charles Earland on May 24th.  Charles Earland was born in Philadelphia in 1941 and began playing tenor saxophone in high school.  He went on to play with Pat Martino and joined Lou Donaldson’s band on organ in 1968.  Known as “The Mighty Burner,” Charles Earland led his own groups during the 1970s while still recording classic soul jazz albums with Boogaloo Joe Jones, Rusty Bryant, and Lou Donaldson.  He released the Prestige soul jazz classic albums:  Black Talk! (Prestige, 1969), Black Drops (Prestige, 1970), Living Black! (Prestige, 1970), Soul Story (Prestige, 1971), Intensity (Prestige, 1972) and can be heard on:  Rusty Bryant‘s, Soul Liberation (Prestige, 1970) and Boogaloo Joe Jones‘, Right On Brother (Prestige, 1970)


This month in soul jazz history, Melvin Sparks recorded his album, “Spark Plug” on March 8, 1971. This Prestige Records soul jazz classic included three of Sparks’ original compositions titled “Spark Plug”, “Conjunction”, and “Dig This”. He also tackled Kool and the Gang’s funky classic, “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight?”, as well as, the jazz standard “Alone Together.” The man was one of the most versatile guitarists in the soul jazz game.

On March 15, 2011, almost exactly 40 years after recording this seminal album; Melvin Sparks passed away, leaving behind his legacy of soul jazz classics. His one of a kind guitar playing will be listened to, studied, and enjoyed by fans around the world for years to come.


Happy New Year Boogie Lou fans! We had a fantastic year playing shows, and releasing our first album “The Phantom Boogie” for all you soul-jazzers out there. The band is deep in the lab constructing our sequel to last year’s release, and for a limited time only; you can download our first episode here for free!!!! Just enter a big fat $0 on our bandcamp page and download away. Boogie on!

(This week’s flyer features legendary organist Leon Spencer Jr. from his super funky classic 1970 album “Sneak Preview!”.)


Calling all Soul Jazzers! We’ll be playing at Nola’s in Downtown L.A. on Saturday November 30th. Come on out and boogie down!  This month’s flyer features soul jazz guitar legend Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones. He wrote and recorded seminal soul jazz songs like “No Way”, “Atlantic City Soul”, and “Brown Bag”. We’ll be playing some of his funky tunes along with others from the Prestige soul jazz catalogue. Get your groove on!