Fish Feet Ron English

Album Info

Album Veröffentlichung:
2013

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
02.04.2021

Label: BBE Music

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Mainstream Jazz

Interpret: Ron English

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  • 1You Make Me Feel Brand New09:18
  • 2Fish Feet08:02
  • 3Meadowlark04:49
  • 4Bees05:47
  • 5Yet and Still05:15
  • 6Ultima Linda03:52
  • 7I Surrender, Dear02:19
  • Total Runtime39:22

Info zu Fish Feet

"Fish Feet is guitarist Ron English’s only date as a leader, which is remarkable for a career spanning more than 50 years—a career that has placed him in the company of legends of rock and R&B. From garage rock roots as a founding member of the Woolies, to tours backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Mary Wilson, English has enjoyed a storied life in music, effortlessly moving between genres with chameleon-like malleability.

Jazz, however, is where English found his calling with 1970s work on Detroit’s Tribe and Strata labels that blended styles such as funk, be-bop, post be-bop and the freedom sound of the jazz avant-garde. It was a period of great “self-determination” he says, due to both labels’ reliance on artist autonomy and a do-it-yourself ethic that ensured if great effort was applied to any endeavor, the output would match. Fish Feet was such an effort.

Recorded with a small ensemble of Strata brethren including Kenny Cox, Lyman Woodard, Larry Nozero and co-producer Charles Moore, English describes Fish Feet as something of a concept album—a romantic fantasy about longing for love. The Thom Bell and Linda Creed composition, “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” is a wonderful piece coming out of the R&B world and evidence of English’s broad taste, balanced by the group’s mutual love of the emotional weight of the music of Charles Mingus. Then there was the funk, which George Clinton and the Ohio Players were doing at neighboring Westbound Records.

“Funk was in the air, and we did have to have a little bit of funk with what we were doing,” English says. “That’s what Fish Feet was about.”

English penned all of the album’s original compositions, such as the lilting “Meadowlark” and the bluesy funk of the title track, and recruited a stellar horn section that included Nozero, Phil Ranelin, Norma Jean Bell and Marcus Belgrave. Nozero’s work on “Bees” and “Yet And Still” are among the highlights of the album, along with Bell’s solo on “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” English’s own unaccompanied acoustic playing on the Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford standard “I Surrender Dear” provides an exquisite close to a long-unreleased jewel of an album, and a piece that is an example of why the Strata canon is an essential entry in the story of Detroit music.

“We tried to hit all aspects,” English says. “That’s why the label was called Strata, “because it was operating on several different Strata—several different layers.”

As he reflects on recording the album, English is sad that many of his collaborators have died, unable to witness the fruits of their labor. Cox, Nozero and Woodard have passed on, “and I just hate that,” he says. Also gone is co-producer Moore, of whom English speaks highly.

“Charles Moore had a wonderfully astute and gifted musical mind, and he understood what to do and how to make things work,” he says. “It was just a joy to work with him and to put this together with a good friend and musical brother.”

English credits Cox and Moore with being the brain trust behind Strata, and is grateful that Fish Feet, which also features the cover art of Overton Lloyd, is a part of their legacy as well. “This is really good work,” he says. “Looking back, I’m kind of proud of what we did there.”

Ron English




Ron English
ist einer der produktivsten und bekanntesten Urban-Artists. Er wurde in Decatur geboren und wird oft als „The Godfather of Street Art“ bezeichnet. Berühmt wurde er für Innovationen wie „Culture Jamming“, das Verändern von Werbetafeln und dafür, dass er den Begriff „POPaganda“ prägte. Er schuf Mash-ups aus Elementen der Hochkultur und der Massenkultur. Im Laufe seiner Karriere arbeitete er in den Bereichen Street-Art, bildende Kunst und Kunstspielzeugdesign. 2014 arbeitete er für Project M/2 mit URBAN NATION zusammen.

Nach seinem Bachelor-Abschluss in Bildender Kunst an der University of North Texas und seinem Master-Abschluss an der University of Texas ging er nach New York. Dort lernte er bei einer Reihe von Künstlern und begann seine eigenen Arbeiten zu verkaufen. Schließlich begann er damit, bekannte Charaktere aus der Popkultur in seinen Werken zu verarbeiten. Außerdem interpretierte er berühmte Gemälde wie Picassos „Guernica“ auf seine Art. Diese Arbeit wurde im Houston Station Museum in Texas präsentiert. Seine ausgefeilte Ölmaltechnik brachte ihm einen hervorragenden Ruf ein. Und sein permanentes politisches Engagement, mit dem er oft Stellung bezieht gegen Konzerne, Kapitalismus und die Kommerzialisierung von Street-Art, hat ihn zu einem der wichtigsten Sprecher der Urban-Art gemacht.



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