Friday, May 18, 2007

Terry Callier

Such an interesting career...from Wikipedia:

"Callier, a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, began recording in 1963 but never reached stardom despite a series of regional hits in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1983, he gained custody of his 12-year-old daughter Sundiata and decided to retire from music to look for a steadier income. He took classes in computer programming and

landed a job at the University of Chicago in 1984.

He reemerged from obscurity when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play his songs in clubs in the early 1990s. Acid Jazz Records head Eddie Pillar brought Callier to play clubs in Britain beginning in 1991 and he began to make regular trips to play gigs during his vacation time from work.

In the late 90's Callier began his comeback to recorded music, contributing to Beth Orton's Best Bit EP in 1997 and releasing the album Timepeace in 1998, which won the United Nations' Time For Peace award for outstanding artistic achievement contributing to world peace.

Callier today is continuing his recording career having currently released five albums since Timepeace."

I am still filling in holes in my Callier collection and just recently picked up Speak Your Peace, from 2002. I can't say I enjoy it beginning to end but there are a few gems...

Terry Callier - Four tracks
from Speak Your Peace