[JPL] Betty Mabry Davis

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu Nov 16 17:10:14 EST 2006


On Thursday 16 November 2006 16:37, Jae Sinnett wrote:

> Eric, I've heard "They Say I'm Different" years ago but don't have and
> don't know who's on it. I mentioned to Mark that I had heard it was some of
> Herbie Hancock's band members at the time. Is that true? I would love to
> know who's on it as well as Mark.
>
>   Jae

Hi Jae,

Cordell Dudley Lead Guitar - All Songs

Larry Johnson - Bass Guitar - All Songs

Ted Sparks - Drums - All Songs except They Say I'm Different; 70's Blues

Pete Escovedo - Timbales - 70's Blues

Victor Pantoja - Congas - 70's Blues

Merl Saunders - Electric Piano - Your Mama Wants You Back; Acoustic Piano - 
Special People; High Abstract Organ Sound - Git In There

Tony Vaughn - Clavinet - Don't Call Her No Tramp; 70's Blues; Acoustic Piano - 
They Say I'm Different; Electric Piano - Shoo-B-Doop And Cop Him

Mike Clark - Drums - They Say I'm Different; 70's Blues

Jimmy Goodwin - Rhythm Guitar - He Was A Big Freak; Your Mama Wants You Back; 
Rhythm & Solo Guitar - They Say I'm Different; 70's Blues

Hershall Kennedy - Clavinet & Organ - He Was A Big Freak; Git In There; 
Electric Piano - Special People; Trumpet - Shoo-B-Doop And Cop Him

Buddy Miles - Lead Guitar - Shoo-B-Doop And Cop Him

Vocalists (other than the musicians) - Debbie Burrell, Elaine Clark, Trudy 
Perkins

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM
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> On Thursday 16 November 2006 14:48, Jae Sinnett wrote:
> > Here's an informative note in reference to this topic I received off JPL
> > from my friend....drumming historian, educator, writer and drummer
> > extraordinaire. Also, thanks to the others for the off JPL comments as
> > well.
> >
> >
> > Jae,
> > The story even goes a little deeper than that. Drummer Gregg Errico
> > (the first and funkiest Sly drummer), appeared on Betty's first and yes
> > amazing record. Miles heard Gregg there (Gregg remembers him being at
> > the sessions, and really digging it), and also at The Isle Of Wight
> > festival (?), and really dug Gregg (and the whole Sly vibe). As did
> > Zawinul and Wayne, and this is how and why Gregg was tapped to replace
> > Gravatt in Weather Report. This is a fact that has always embarrased
> > Gregg, as he had heard Eric in the Bay area, and was amazed by him. I
> > have several live boots of WR with Gregg, and it's amazing how the band
> > changed from Eric to Gregg. The Sly influence on Miles (and Sly's
> > popularity) is what changed Miles. Not too much has been done or said
> > about this, unfortunately.
> > Gregg joining WR also marked a decided change in WR, and it is when
> > they became a "funkier band", and when they began to attract more
> > attention (Zawinul has commented on this in print several time, and in
> > his book). For a while after that (until Acuna, and then Erskine), WR
> > was always looking for funk drummers who had a little bit of jazz in
> > them (Daryl Brown, Ndugu, Narada etc).
> > Gregg was hired alot back then by many artists from Lee Oskar to
> > Hubert Laws to David Bowie and W.R. , to provide a "Sly vibe", he never
> > really understood it, but he went with it. I interviewed Gregg a while
> > back (the first time he had ever been approached by a drum mag for an
> > interview, what a crime) for Stick It magazine, he had a lot to say,
> > nice guy.
> > I also remember hearing Larry Graham saying that it was Doug Rauch,
> > that was the first cat he had heard "slapping" a little bit. He picked
> > up on the concept, and ran with it!!! Doug died, and is on very few
> > recordings, but he is the bassist on the first Betty Davis recording.
> > That first Betty Davis is a VERY important recording for MANY reasons,
> > as an aside do you have Betty's "They Say I'm Different", I've never
> > heard it, what's it like, and who's on it?
> > Mark Griffith
>
> Very interesting! Thanks for passing this along.
>
> Did you answer his question about who is on "They Say I'm Different?" I
> have the lp and I used to play 3 or 4 different tunes from it when I worked
> at WBCN in the early 70s.
>
> Eric Jackson
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