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!

Tracks
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.

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19 Comments
  • stefano
    Posted at 22:13h, 28 October 2017 Reply

    A treasure…..

  • Wess
    Posted at 22:45h, 28 October 2017 Reply

    Thanks for introducing a very special Soul LP.

  • Verati
    Posted at 12:55h, 29 October 2017 Reply

    Never hear it before. Excellent.

  • Baron
    Posted at 23:56h, 29 October 2017 Reply

    Grew up on this kind of music…LOVE IT!!..

  • Francisco
    Posted at 19:08h, 30 October 2017 Reply

    underrated, love it

  • alexia
    Posted at 19:12h, 30 October 2017 Reply

    sweet old memories

  • Dallas
    Posted at 23:10h, 30 October 2017 Reply

    Wonderful. Thanks

  • Raul
    Posted at 14:01h, 31 October 2017 Reply

    people sleep on this kind of music ya know!!!

  • Daniel
    Posted at 20:03h, 31 October 2017 Reply

    Thanx 4 sharing such a rare treasure…

  • Alan Wilder
    Posted at 21:12h, 31 October 2017 Reply

    i can’t find words to express my gratitude for what you do with consequence here..Keep the faith.

  • Volpo
    Posted at 21:24h, 31 October 2017 Reply

    i can’t believe my eyes i never thought i would ever get to hear those super rare & expensive gems posted here.

  • Eleven
    Posted at 22:37h, 31 October 2017 Reply

    Looks like it was worth the wait.

  • George
    Posted at 11:16h, 01 November 2017 Reply

    Thanks again for another oldie but goodie!

  • Sara
    Posted at 19:07h, 01 November 2017 Reply

    💕❤

  • Hans
    Posted at 10:16h, 02 November 2017 Reply

    Thank you for sharing!
    Greetings from Germany!

  • Carla
    Posted at 10:24h, 02 November 2017 Reply

    Adoroooo! Esta música é perfeita.

  • Murat
    Posted at 01:30h, 03 November 2017 Reply

    A new one on me. Unbelievably good!!

  • Ziou
    Posted at 11:40h, 17 November 2017 Reply

    what more can i say? – incredible! thanx once again.peace

  • Thomas
    Posted at 15:51h, 18 November 2017 Reply

    This is very beautiful! Thanks

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