Grady Tate – 1970 -After The Long Drive Home
During the 60s drummer (and baritone singer) Grady Tate (from Durham, North Carolina) worked with legends like Jimmy Smith, Oliver Nelson, Charles Mingus and Nat Adderley. In 1968 he starting his own recording career, his unique slick soul-jazz is well known, and have been inspired many followers. After The Long Drive Home from 1970 has a late night feel with a spare groove wich is very moody.
He may not been the biggest of jazz/soul singers, but his voice was very warm and gentle. Groovy!
A1 Prologue 0:53
A2 After The Long Drive Home 3:37
A3 Follow The Path 3:12
A4 I Can Deliver 3:19
A5 I Think It’s Going To Rain Today 4:48
B1 There’s Nothing Between Us Now 3:54
B2 In My Time 2:56
B3 Interlude 0:42
B4 Bridges (Travessia)3:18
B5 I’ll Try Again 3:04
B6 Suicide Is Painless (Song From M*A*S*H)3:13
In my view, Grady Tate’s “After the Long Drive Home” is a soul masterpiece that is greatly under-appreciated. It’s a concept album centering around the reflective solitude one feels after the dissolution of a significant long-term relationship; a meditation on what it means to understand yourself in new ways when you are alone. It reminds me in this regard of Sinatra’s “In the Wee Small Hours…” (it helps the comparison that Tate is supported by an orchestra here, just as Sinatra was on his album).
The songs are mellow, sometimes somber, and sometimes triumphant. This album is one of the best I’ve ever heard, and will always remain as part of my permanent collection.