REUBEN WILSON

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Reuben Wilson was one of many soul-jazz organists to emerge in the late '60s, but he was one of only a handful of new organists from that era to be signed to Blue Note. By that point in the label's history, most of their artists were concentrating on accessible soul-jazz, and while he occasionally strayed outside of the conventions of the genre, Wilson more or less followed their rule. Between 1968 and 1971, he recorded five sessions for the label. None of his records received much acknowledgment at the time, but they were later rediscovered by a new generation of soul-jazz fans, becoming collector's items within acid jazz and soul-jazz revivalist circles.

Wilson began performing professionally in 1962. A native of Mounds, OK, he moved to Pasadena, CA, as a child, where he attended school with such future jazz musicians as Bobby Hutcherson and Herb Lewis. As a teenager, Wilson began
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REUBEN WILSON On Broadway album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
On Broadway
Soul Jazz 1968
REUBEN WILSON Love Bug album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Love Bug
Soul Jazz 1969
REUBEN WILSON Blue Mode (aka Organ Talk) album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Blue Mode (aka Organ Talk)
Soul Jazz 1970
REUBEN WILSON Set Us Free album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Set Us Free
Soul Jazz 1971
REUBEN WILSON A Groovy Situation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Groovy Situation
Soul Jazz 1971
REUBEN WILSON The Sweet Life album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Sweet Life
Soul Jazz 1972
REUBEN WILSON The Cisco Kid album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Cisco Kid
Soul Jazz 1973
REUBEN WILSON Got To Get Your Own album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Got To Get Your Own
Funk 1975
REUBEN WILSON Organ Donor album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Organ Donor
Soul Jazz 1997
REUBEN WILSON Down With It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down With It
Soul Jazz 1998
REUBEN WILSON Organ Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Organ Blues
Soul Jazz 2002
REUBEN WILSON Boogaloo to the Beastie Boys album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Boogaloo to the Beastie Boys
Soul Jazz 2004
REUBEN WILSON Fun House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fun House
Soul Jazz 2005
REUBEN WILSON Movin' On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Movin' On
Soul Jazz 2006
REUBEN WILSON The Godfathers of Groove (with Bernard Purdie & Grant Green, Jr.) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Godfathers of Groove (with Bernard Purdie & Grant Green, Jr.)
Soul Jazz 2006
REUBEN WILSON Azure Te album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Azure Te
Soul Jazz 2009
REUBEN WILSON The Godfathers of Groove vol.3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Godfathers of Groove vol.3
Soul Jazz 2009
REUBEN WILSON Revisited album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revisited
Soul Jazz 2011

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REUBEN WILSON Bad Stuff album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bad Stuff
Soul Jazz 1975
REUBEN WILSON Blue Breakbeats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Breakbeats
Soul Jazz 1998
REUBEN WILSON Groove Grease album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groove Grease
Soul Jazz 2000

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REUBEN WILSON Got To Get Your Own

Album · 1975 · Funk
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Reuben Wilson has played it straight for the majority of his career--the exceptions being his 1971 psychedelic soul/funk album "Set Us Free" and 1975's gritty, urban "Got to Get Your Own" (which lists his band as "The Cost of Living", essentially a revolving door of awesome musicians). One of the few souljazz organists to make a dent as a leader in the Blue Note stable, Wilson specializes in mellow, slightly funky renditions of popular tunes, sprinkling his own compositions onto his albums to showcase his songwriting skill.

Wilson has only one partial songwriting credit on "Got to Get Your Own", but it's difficult to imagine his own songs could improve this set. It's brash, funky, and loaded with soul. The only cover of a well known song is the Chi-lites "Stoned Out of My Mind", which is given an uptempo, slightly disco reading. "Stoned Out Of My Mind" and "Together (You and Me) are the only songs you'd expect from Wilson, and the only tracks which prominently display his Hammond B-3. The rest (except "In the Booth, In the Back, In the Corner, In the Dark") sound like they could easily be at home on an Ohio Players record.

"In the Booth, In the Back, In The Corner, In the Dark" has, after hundreds of spins, become my favorite song on the album and ranks as one of the catchiest soul songs I've ever heard. It would be a fabulous record without it--with it, "Got to Get Your Own" is a true classic. Track this one down at all costs.

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