Sunday, 20 April 2008
Leroy Hutson is a musical hero on many different soul scenes. Popular with those who like rare groove, northern and modern soul and jazz dance alike. His music has also been sampled by nu soul artists such as Erykah Badu (Lucky Fellow sampled on the track No Love on Baduizm).
The former Howard University roommate of Donny Hathaway started off his career as Curtis Mayfield’s replacement in the Impressions lasting two and half years before releasing his first solo album Love Oh Love in 1973.
A series of albums were released by the legendary Curtom label, the most revered and collectable being Hutson and Hutson II
Hutson contained the mind blowing tracks Lucky Fellow and All Because of You (see the video from Soul Train below)
Leroy Hutson Lucky Fellow
Hutson II contains the popular instrumental track Cool Out (recently sampled by the US soul artist Coultrain). It also contains my favourite Love the Feeling
Leroy Hutson Love the Feeling
Leroy left Curtom and released the album Paradise in 1982, which has been recently re-issued. Not as sought after as his 70’s material it’s contains Classy Lady which has a nice boogie feel as well as the title track which has a killer 2 step groove.
As well as his solo music he also was involved in the production of other rare groove favourites such as Voices of East Harlem Wanted Dead or Alive and Arnold Blair Trying to Get Close to You (recently re-issued on Wants List Volume 3)
Arnold Blair Trying to Get Close to You
Love O Love (Curtom 1973)
Leroy Hutson, The Man (Curtom 1975)
Le Roy Hutson (Curtom 1975)
Feel The Spirit (Curtom 1976)
Hutson II (Curtom 1976)
Closer To The Source (Curtom 1978)
Unforgettable (RSO/Curtom 1979)
Paradise (Elektra 1982)
Shades Of Love EP (Expansion 1992)