Saturday, December 26, 2009

Good Times  

So this is a picture of classical jazz pianist Oscar Peterson with the Roland TB-303 and TR-606, taken from the original Roland brochure in 1982. This is what they intended the machines to be used for when they designed them I suppose, and Oscar is probably smiling, wondering when this easy money photoshoot will be over so he can go back to the studio and lay it down with a real drummer and bass player. I doubt many Oscar Peterson's bothered picking up either machine, but they did take off, hence the blog exists probably. I just thought the photo was funny in retrospect, it would have been cool if old bebop guys in tuxedos jammed on the 303 a little more.

I'm putting up a soulful electro boogie jam by Chuck Stanley, produced in 1984, two years before his Def Jam era began, and two records I found whilst digging recently, a proto techno number from Egyptian Lover named Computer Love, and a novelty electro instrumental mashup from Italy of Chic's Good Times with Stevie Wonder's Superstition (ha! no its good) :

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  • December 26, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

    What do you mean by "classical jazz pianist"? Just out of curiosity.

  • December 29, 2009 at 7:03 PM  

    yo! Oscar had crazy gear and was constantly buying and selling. I got a KORG DSS-1 from him that was covered in teddy bear stickers. I wonder what he was making with all that stuff in the 80s??!?!?!? I never got to meet him or see his setup. :-( I got the synth thru a friend.

  • February 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

    Yeah I saw a TV program about him a few years ago. He had his own studio set up and he played some of the "modern" stuff he was working on. It was awful...sounded like musak. Anyway... it seemed he loved he musical toys even if he never released any electronic albums.