Before I knew who Don Blackman was, I fell in love with his music. A few producers and DJ’s utilized some of his licks from his rare debut LP, and I have never forgotten those songs and the first few listens. It was only later that I learned more about the man behind the music. Don Blackman (September 1, 1953 – April 11, 2013) grew up in Jamaica Queens New York, the home of highly respected musicians such as Marcus Miller, Weldon Irvine, Tom Browne, Lenny White, and Bernard Wright, they all knew each other and collaborated on numerous seminal albums in the late 70’s & early 80’s.
Don and his fellow Queens-based contemporaries made some of the smoothest yet funky music ever laid to wax. Their sound had a raw and funky groove, but still soulful and smooth with amazing melodies, harmonies, and musicianship (Jazz music was a huge influence in this camp). Think Roy Ayers meets Parliament meets Bernie Worrell meets 70’s love meets New York City.
I’m just trying to bring out the love and positive thinking and positive vibe.
RIP Don Blackman
September 1, 1953 – April 11, 2013
Shout to Redbull Music Academy Radio for their interview with Don on the Fireside Chat series. Listen here.