Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Debut solo LP from this jazz vocal veteran who has a unique four-octave baritone voice. This is a huge departure from his hard bop styles. Instead he gets spiritual, spacey, funky, collaborating with experimental jazz rock composer William S. Fischer. The album starts off with the jazz funk anthem "Celestial Blues" which was written by Bey, but recorded a few year's earlier by Gary Bartz. The 1974 version recorded by Bey is a much slower, punchier recording and filthy funky. The rest of that album is a good listen, but pales in comparison to the lead off cut. Bey went on to record with Stanley Clarke in 1976 on his fusiony Children Of Forever LP. He would not put out any solo records until the mid 90s which went back to his vocal jazz tendencies.