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Morning Song – I Can’t Turn You Loose

June 23, 2016

Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns (aka, the greatest soul horn section ever) died yesterday. Along with saxophonist Andrew Love, Jackson backed up dozens of great singers—Otis, Aretha, Elvis, Carla, Percy, Bonnie, Willie, Dusty, Sam and Dave…and that’s just the one name artists.

Jackson’s full, brassy trumpet is the sound you hear in your head when you think of a soul band. When he and Love cut their first solo album in 1969 they opened with this cover of Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose”. The opening note of their double solo (no, it doesn’t make sense; yes, that’s what it is) that starts at 1:12 is some kind of pure distilled essence of soul music.

I don’t know what song the angels are singing in heaven this morning, but I know the horn section (Love died in 2012) is tight.

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