CJ tonight included music from the late and great Terry Callier who died on 27 October. Curtis Mayfield was a childhood friend and Callier was influenced by the Chicago sounds of Mayfield, Major Lance and others. He debuted on the Chess label in 1962 and released three critically-acclaimed but unsuccessful albums on Cadet in the 1970s, touring with George Benson and Gil Scott Heron among others. All three albums were produced by Charles Stepney and are worth checking out – Occasional Rain (1972), What Color Is Love (1973), and I Just Can’t Help Myself (1974).
Callier continued to perform and tour until 1983, when he gained custody of his daughter and retired from music to take classes in computer programming, landing a job at the University of Chicago and returning to college during the evenings to pursue a degree in sociology. He re-emerged from obscurity in the late 1980s, when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play his songs in clubs. From 1991 he began to make regular trips to the UK to play gigs. He released Timepeace in 1998 on Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label.
There was also time to play music from new British releases as well as indulge with two CJ favourites from Bill Evans (Peace Piece) and Charles Lloyd (Booker’s Garden).
- Terry Callier – When My Lady Danced
- Terry Callier – Keep Your Heart Right
- Terry Callier – Occasional Rain
- Terry Callier – Ordinary Joe
- Terry Callier – 4 Miles
- Terry Callier – Blues
- Dave Douglas – Witness
- Bill Evans – Peace Piece
- Charles Lloyd Quartet – Booker’s Garden
- Trish Clowes – On/Off
- ‘Stonephace’ Stabbins – Yellow Brick Road
- Leon Greening – Singapore
- Marlon Simon – Sandra Malandra
Video this week has to come from Terry Calllier. Here he is performing Lazarus Man in 2001.