JOHNNY PATE

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Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, Dec 5, 1923, Johnny Pate is a self-taught bassist and arranger, having learned these skills while serving in the 218th AGF Army Band during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he played with Coleridge Davis’ big band and from 1947 to 1949 worked, in succession, with jazz violinists Stuff Smith and Eddie South. While performing with South, Johnny furthered his musical training by studying at Chicago’s Midwestern Conservatory from 1951 to 1953. In ’53-’54 he was with Dorothy Donegan’s Trio and moved from there to the Ahmad Jamal Trio in 1956. During this same time period, Johnny worked for the Club De Lisa as the arranger of its shows’ production numbers, which were modeled after the famous Cotton Club reviews in Harlem. The feature male singer in the show was a young man by the name of Joe Williams. Johnny and Joe became read more...
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JOHNNY PATE Subtle Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Subtle Sounds
Hard Bop 1956
JOHNNY PATE The Johnnie Pate Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Johnnie Pate Trio
Hard Bop 1956
JOHNNY PATE Jazz Goes Ivy League album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Goes Ivy League
Hard Bop 1956
JOHNNY PATE Swingin' Flute (Dance Beat For The Ivy League) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swingin' Flute (Dance Beat For The Ivy League)
Soul Jazz 1958
JOHNNY PATE Set A Pattern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Set A Pattern
Soul Jazz 1968
JOHNNY PATE Outrageous album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Outrageous
Soul Jazz 1970
JOHNNY PATE Shaft In Africa album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Shaft In Africa
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973
JOHNNY PATE Brother On The Run album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brother On The Run
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973

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JOHNNY PATE Johnnie Pate at the Blue Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnnie Pate at the Blue Note
Hard Bop 1958
JOHNNY PATE A Date With Johnny Pate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Date With Johnny Pate
Soul Jazz 1959

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JOHNNY PATE Complete Recordings 1955-1956 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Recordings 1955-1956
Hard Bop 2013
JOHNNY PATE Johnny Pate / Archie Shepp : Shaft in Africa/Blues for Brother George Jackson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Pate / Archie Shepp : Shaft in Africa/Blues for Brother George Jackson
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2017

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JOHNNY PATE Shaft In Africa

Album · 1973 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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The first “Shaft” movie soundtrack, scored by Isaac Hayes, was one of the most popular and innovative soundtracks for its time. For the second Shaft movie, director Gordon Parks tried to make the soundtrack himself and didn’t fare nearly as well. For the third in the series, “Shaft in Africa”, the call went to Johnny Pate. Pate was a great choice, because like Hayes, Pate had the background in sophisticated orchestral arranging as well as a background performing street tough funky RnB. Its this combination of conga and wah-wah guitar driven rhythms topped with slick modern orchestrations that are the hallmark of the highly collectable 70s crime jazz soundtrack commonly referred to as “blaxploitation”.

This is a very well done soundtrack and all the classic blaxploitaion elements are here: African percussion, bold panoramic horn driven melodies, exotic tone colors and plenty of wah-wah guitars and clavinets for everyone. Pate’s approach is slightly more traditional than Hayes, his romantic numbers like “Aleme finds Shaft” sound more like classic movie soundtracks than modern RnB, but the upbeat numbers are not lacking in contemporary funk rhythms. One highlight is “El Jardin” on which a hard piano riff is topped with an exotic oboe melody backed by pizzacato strings, pure heaven for the exotica collector. Early hip-hop fans may recognize the piano riff as being the background for one of Queen Latifah’s first hits.

This album is highly recommended for collectors of crime jazz soundtracks, blaxploitation and exotica in general. If there is one major drawback to “Shaft in Africa”, it is the brevity of this release. The original LP is barely about 27 minutes long, and that’s with adding the movie’s big pop hit, “Are You Man Enough”, to both sides of the original LP. On a side note, fans of 70s soul and RnB may notice how strongly “Are You Man Enough” resembles the previously popular and politically oriented hit, “Backstabbers” by the O Jays.

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