Monday, September 21, 2009

Kneelin' at my altar



I found it!!

A while ago I asked if anyone could think of a hip-hop track which used a sample from Cannonball Adderley's Walk Tall.. this was it- Arrested Development's Kneelin' at my altar. I just love the loop on this.
No thanks to The Breaks, which had the sample confusingly listed as Joe Zawinul's "Baby, that's what I need", which was the Esther Marrow vocal version.

Here's the Adderley original, with a great intro by Jesse Jackson..

12 comments:

ejaydee said...

I could have helped you,I have those Blue Break Beats comps. Coincidentally, a Cannonball comp arrived in the mail recently, and I'm listening to Music, Y'all, as I type.

nilpferd said...

I mentioned it on a thread Steen put up about a year ago.
I could recall having heard a hip hop track sometime in 1995 which looped the horn chorus of Walk Tall, but all of the online sample set lists referred solely to ATCQ's Footprints as using this track, it uses Jackson's intro but not the horn line.
Is "Kneelin at the altar" actually mentioned in your Blue Breaks comp. as sampling Walk Tall? I can't find any specific mention online connecting the two tracks, it is obviously that sample though.
Did you order "Walk Tall- the Axelrod Years"? Must put that on again myself.

The "raps" Cannonball does on the Music, Y'all album are great.. I've db'd them.

ejay said...

Yep it's the Axelrod Years. Good for me because there's little I had already. Blue Break mentions The Pharcyde as the sampling artist, but it doesn't say on which song. The liner notes also mention that Charles Mingus didn't like the Adderley Brothers, because he "thought their sanctified squall a little too contrived".
I'll have a look for that Pharcyde sample.

nilpferd said...

I just found Steen's post, it was the one on horn samples from June last year. That is one itch I've waited a long time to scratch.. it would be good to hear the Pharcyde track..

ejay said...

They sampled it on SHe Said, but it looks like it's a different version, from the Music, You All album as it turns out!

nilpferd said...

Thanks Ejay, the Cydeways Pharcyde compilation is looking very tempting.. I put the Music, Y'all version of Walk Tall into Hip Hip 202, it is a fine version with e-guitar. Not sure whether Arrested Development used this or the Country Preacher version, I suspect the latter.

ejay said...

There's a Hip Hop 202 already? Who passed? I'd like to see some transcripts.

nilpferd said...

Ejay, we sent all the papers to you for marking, the box should be delivered in a low slung caddy with gold rimmed wheels and fake fur radiator cover any day now.
Hip Hop 202 is about identifying samples (I just made that up).. I put Walk Tall in there to get people started..

steenbeck said...

Ahem, no talking in the back of the class, Ejay & Nilpferd. Maybe somebody would like to do a post on jazz samples in hip hop? Too big a subject?

ejay said...

"What's in your hand ejay?"
"Nothing, Miss"
"What is it?!"
"Nothing I swear, I found it on the floor."
"Is that a piece of paper?"
"No"
"Give it to me."
"It's my dog's shopping list."
"Give it here!"
http://hiphopsamples.blogspot.com/
"It's not mine I swear!"

nilpferd said...

*'pferd quickly swallows crib sheet*

Aaaak.

*gulp*

Um.. jazz samples in hip hop.. I've done the odd one in the past which has ocurred to me while listening to RR noms, it would be a very big topic, just looking at some of those playlists..

steenbeck said...

I'll take that "dog's shopping list" Ejay. (quickly tucks it into her desk drawer for perusal after all the snot-faced kids have gone)

Yeah, I figured it might be too big, Nilpferd. I like it as an ongoing as-it-strikes-you series, anyway.