66 Impala - Booker T

from the album Sound The Alarm (2013)

Booker T. Jones has laid down more classic Soul and R&B vibes than just about anybody I can think of.  From his days with The MG's, to backing artists like Otis Redding, thru his modern day classics - such as his 2009 album Potato Hole - the sound of his Hammond B-3 organ is one of the cornerstones of American music.

This week, he released Sound The Alarm, an album of both vocal and instrumental tracks that include a wide array of guest musical talents.  All the great Soul and R&B sounds are present, however, there is one song that contains a new vibe for Booker T. Jones, and I really dig that.

The song is 66 Impala.  This song has a latin vibe laid down brilliantly by a band that includes conga master Poncho Sanchez and Sheila E. on timbales.

This song gets right down to business with the percussion players laying down a groove that immediately hooks you.  For the next minute you are given peaks of the tones to come: the jazzy guitar, the horn section, the bass line with its central riff, and the signature Hammond B-3.

Then the tune kicks into full gear.  The bass and B-3 join into the muscular riff in unison, accented by vocalists repeating the words "Hey" and "Party".  Then comes the horn section counterbalanced by the B-3.  I crank it up and swear I'm driving a 66 Impala thru a hispanic neighborhood.

Booker T. Jones has been laying down great vibes for over 50 years.  To hear him exploring new musical styles is inspiring.

Click Here to listen to the album version of 66 Impala.