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Reggie Torian of The Impressions gives his impressions of Curtom, Curtis Mayfield, and more.

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In this installment of Reclaimed Soul (sort of the radio version of this blog), check out host Ayana Contreras’ interview with Reggie Torian of The Impressions (that’s him sitting on the bumper of that antique Rolls Royce). He’s been a part of Chicago’s own Impressions (“Keep on Pushin”, “Gypsy Woman”, etc.) for 40 years. And he’s got a lot to say. He talks about the group, Curtom Records, and more. We also hear some of the music he helped to create.

The Impressions counted Curtis Mayfield as both member and principle songwriter during the 1960s and early 1970s before he went solo. Curtom Records was Curtis Mayfield’s Chicago-based record label that was home to the Impressions for nearly a decade. It was also the one-time label of The Five Stairsteps, The Natural Four, Leroy Hutson, The Jones Girls, Linda Clifford, Rasputin’s Stash, Baby Huey and the Babysitters, The Staple Singers, and more.

Catch Reclaimed Soul Thursdays at 8pm (CST) on vocalo.org or over the air on 89.5fm (NWI) and 90.7fm (CHI)

 

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Gone Away: a one-two-three chicago-bred punch of soul

Performing below (in Ghana, circa 1971) is Roberta Flack.  She is singing “Gone Away”… a cool, loping soul record from her album “Chapter Two”.  This record was written by the one-two-three Chicago-bred punch of Leroy Hutson, Curtis Mayfield, and Donny Hathaway (before his own breakout single “The Ghetto”).  “Gone Away” was also recorded by The Impressions and Lovelace Watkins (in a Chicago recording session) around the same time, 1970.  Look for the crescendo around 3:00 (sampled for T.I.’s hit “Whatchu Know About It”).  Jive on!


the get down! this thursday at the morseland

 

It’s about that time… and I’ve got more heat.  Soulful dynamite. Killer funk. Local Chicago gems. Bluesy groovers. Polyrhythmic madness.  The stuff that hip-hop was built upon.  And, as always, no cover.  Join me and Gaucho at the Morseland: 1218 West Morse, this Thursday at 9:30pm.

 Below, rare groove stone-cold gangster lean goodness by The Impressions (of our fair city), “Sooner or Later”.  Jive on!