THE LYMAN WOODARD ORGANIZATION
SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL (2017 reissue)
Possibly the best known of Strata’s releases, this record is rightly heralded as a jazz fusion classic.
Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, ‘Saturday Night Special’ lays down an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. Hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, afro-cuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. In other words, this record sounds like Detroit. Following Woodard’s death in 2009, this incredible album was reissued in highly limited numbers by Wax Poetics; now just as hard to come by as the original pressings.
- Saturday Night Special
- Joy Road
- Belle Isle Daze
- Creative Musicians
- Saturday Night Special (Alternate Take)
- Allen Barnes
- On Your Mind
- Help Me Get Away
- Saturday Night Special (Lost Alternative Mix)
- Belle Isle Daze (Lost Alternative Mix)