Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Diggin in the Crates: Monk Higgins

Tonight I got back on my crate diggin and pulled up a classic from Monk Higgins (thanks to SoGoodMusic).

1. Little Mama
2. Walking In My Sleep
3. Trusting You (La, La, La Song)
4. So Far Away
5. Can't Stop
6. Black Fox
7. If
8. Heaven Only Knows
9. God's In The Blessing Business
10. Highway Number 101 (Pacific Coast Highway)

The Arkansas Saxophonist Monk Higgins (real name Milton Bland) made two hugely sought after jazz/funk/soul albums for United Artists in 1972. The first was "Heavy Weight" - and then came this - "Little Mama".

Produced by LARRY MAXWELL, the "Little Mama" LP was originally released on Liberty/United Artists UA-LA005-F in the USA in late 1972 - this 2004 remaster is a straightforward reissue of that funky rarity and is part of EMI Europe's "Masters Of Funk & Soul" Remaster Series.

The MUSICIANS for "Little Mama" were:
MONK HIGGINS - Tenor Saxophone & Organ
JOE SAMPLE [of The Crusaders] - Piano, Clavinet & Harpsichord
WILTON FELDER [of The Crusaders} - Bass
FREDDY ROBINSON - Guitar & Harmonica
PAUL HUMPHREY - Drums & Percussion

In case you were wondering, Monk Higgins has been sampled plenty in the past. Here's a short list of some of the Monk Higgins samples:

Extra Soul Perception: (Solid State 1970)
* "Little Green Apples"
Gang Starr - "Code of the Streets"

Heavyweight: (United Artists 1972)
* "Feeling You Feeling Me"
Bulldog Breaks - "Bring it on Down"
Hard 2 Obtain - "Local Hero"
Souls of Mischief - "That's When Ya Lost"
* "Up on the Hill"
Beck - "Hotwax"
* "Big Water Bed"
Big Daddy Kane - "Ain't No Half Steppin'"

Dance to the Disco Sax: (Buddah 1974)
* "One Man Band" (Drums)
Antoinette - "Unfinished Business"
Ballistic Brothers - "Perfect Day"
Big Daddy Kane - "Get Bizzy"
Biz Markie - "Biz is Goin' Off"
Chill Rob G - "Let Me Show You"
Coolio - "I Remember"
Gang Starr - "Positivity"
Gravediggaz - "1-800-SUICIDE"
Masta Ace - "As I Reminisce"
Masta Ace - "Together"
Sounds of Blackness - "Optimistic"
US3 - "Different Rhythms, Different People"

Little Mama: (United Artists 1972)
* "Black Fox"
Hard 2 Obtain - "Heels without Souls"

Sheba Baby soundtrack: (Buddah 1975)
* "A Good Man is Gone"
Gang Starr - "Next Time"

Peep some of these examples of samples:
John Legend's Heaven sample of Monk Higgins's Heaven Only Knows
Sadat X feat. Pete Rock's Turn It Up sample of Monk Higgins's Three Hoods
El Da Sensei and Returners feat. Reef the Lost Cauze and Roc Marciano's Money sample of Monk Higgins's A Good Man Is Gone
Joell Ortiz's Good Man Is Gone sample of Monk Higgins's A Good Man Is Gone
Jadakiss's F***in' or What? sample of Monk Higgins feat. The Specialties's One Man Band (Plays All Alone)
Chill Rob G's Let Me Show You (Remix) sample of Monk Higgins feat. The Specialties's One Man Band (Plays All Alone)

The list goes on and on with the sample flips of Monk Higgins. Dig in the crates and check it for yourself. Its free to download over at SoGoodMusic

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