The Miguel Atwood Ferguson Ensemble: Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free”

Found this on Kalamu’s Posterous site. I’ve always loved this song, but of course, there is always another way to realize a song, even from a favorite, original singer. The lyrics feel fresher, happier, and hopeful coming from Bilal’s lips. Perhaps that is how I am feeling today, and it is a Friday, although it is raining in Madison on and off. So I thought I would share it with you.

Again, the singer is Bilal. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is the violinist. This set was recorded live in L.A. this waning year on July 23.

More of the line up:

Flying Lotus (laptop)
Evan Francis (flute)
Dontae Winslow (trumpet)
Joey Dosik (alto sax)
Kamasi Washington (tenor sax)
Garrett Smith (trombone)
Rebekah Raff (harp)
Marcel Camargo (guitar)
Brandon Coleman (keys)
Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner (bass)
Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave (drums)
Nikki Campbell (percussion)

From the L.A. Weekly:

Sometimes, the gods just give it to you. Phenomenal music, that is. And at the Grand Performances series on July 23rd, the stars aligned for a one of a kind union of like-minded bodies and souls. The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble joined up with beat scene maestro and Brainfeeder boss Flying Lotus to dish out some live renditions of tracks from his phenomenal “Cosmogramma” to an eager audience at Grand Performances. Violinist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson lead a troupe of musicians from FlyLo’s album in a beautiful rendition of “Drips,” which shifted into a special adaptation of J Dilla’s “Take Notice.” All night, the musicianship was top notch as harpist Rebekah Raff wove dreamscapes with her fingers, and low end theorist Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner explored the outer reaches of bass.

Luckily it was all caught on video.

And now you have a part of it. You can visit Posterous for the other clip, “Drips/Take Notice.”

~ by blksista on September 3, 2010.

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