Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Ranked #200 in the Soul Strut 200
In 1972, seasoned bop brothers Cannonball and Nat Adderley teamed up to record two ambitious jazz fusion epics, Soul of the Bible and the proceeding Soul Zodiac. Those albums ushered in a whole new sound for the Brothers Adderley thanks to groove visionary David Axelrod as a co-producer.
Soul of the Bible is a double LP inspired by world religion with radio personality Rick Holmes projecting spoken word sermons and occasional "singing". Soul of the Bible has its share of of spiritual jazz, funk, psych, blues, gospel, & R&B. Highlights include the bluesy jazz funker “Fun in Church” with a drunken James Brown impression by Holmes, “Space Spiritual”, and the 15 minute psychedelic soul jazz expedition "Taj”. Soul of the Bible never got the shine like say a Bitches Brew, but it should be in the conversation. It aspired to push jazz to into another dimension while staying relevant and intelligent.