Dave Stryker

Eight Track
Dave Stryker

Dave StrykerThe title of the latest record from jazzer Dave Stryker refers to the eight-track cartridges many of us grew up with in the ’70s. The concept might seem odd, but it ends up working perfectly. Here are 10 pop, soul, and rock songs you’d have listened to on eight-tracks, reinvented for what amounts to an organ trio with an added vibraphonist.

While some of these songs ring true, there are others that don’t seem obvious but defy expectations. Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman/Superfly” gets a funky reworking with soulful guitar from Stryker, organ from Jared Gold, and amazing vibes from Stefon Harris. “Aquarius” swings hard and features a stunning bop solo from Stryker.

On the flip side, “Wichita Lineman” sounds like an outtake from a 1967 Wes Montgomery record, with a beautiful arrangement accented by chordal and octave work that fits perfectly.

Other highlights include a brilliant cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Where Were You When I Needed You” (mistitled on the cover as “Superwoman,” a song it was coupled with in a Wonder medley), and a swinging version of the Spinner’s “I’ll Be Around.”

Stryker’s latest takes a quirky and bold step into the past and comes out sounding fresh and modern.

This article originally appeared in VG‘s June ’14 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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