This is a serious late pass post. I stumbled across this album while quenching my thirst for some groovy classic funk. You know, the kinda funk that incites that face like you caught a whiff of somethang so rank… Well, this 1975 release by Coke Escovedo will certainly spark your soul. “Coke” is a certainly an addictive album that leaves you with a smile.
The feel of the album is one of Soul, Latin Grooves and Funk. A prime example is “Love Letters”, a conga rich, guitar-licked single that seamlessly goes through 4 movements in less than 3 minutes. Too bad they cut short the percussion solo near the end.
The voices of Calvin & Linda Tillery’s lead vocals warms the heart in songs like “No One To Depend On”"Rebirth” and “Make it Sweet”. The most familiar song for most of us will be “If I Ever Loose This Heaven” released in 1974 by Quincy Jones and covered by bands of the era including Average White Band and crooners like Will Downing.
You will not be disappointed with this album at all. It is guaranteed to spark conversations between generations and among music lovers like yourself. Get yourself some “Coke” by Escovedo, that is. Here’s “No One To Depend On” recorded from the vinyl.