For some reason, I woke up with this song in a constant loop in my brain when I woke up this morning. I don’t know why–I haven’t heard this track in years. Maybe the lack of Air Conditioning in my condo was going straight to my head.
Anyways, if you don’t know, the Cinematic Orchestra is a dope outfit out of London which combines, hip-hop sampling with live jazz arrangements as well as electronica for some truly ground-breaking music.
This particular track, All That You Give, features American soul singer and Cinematic collaborator Fontella Bass who is best known for her song “Rescue Me,” which most people attribute to Aretha Franklin. Unfortunately, that was her only hit, and remained in obscurity until her first recording with Cinematic in 2002.
The song “All That You Give” is on Cinematic Orchestra’s first album. YouTube user wax35 gives some background on the song:
One of the most emotional songs I’ve ever heard.
Fontella’s mourning for her husband, the Jazz great Lester Bowie, who had recently died. She did the vocal in one take and she cried when they were rewinding the tape, it was the first time she’d been able to cry for him since he’d passed away. They’d been married for 39 years.
The song is dedicated to his memory.
Peace all and, please, listen to music with soul and REAL talent..