Don Blackman – Say You’ll Be Mine / Your Love Makes Me Crazy (7″) [Mr Bongo MRB7211]
A – Say You’ll Be Mine
B – Your Love Makes Me Crazy
Don Blackman is a truly iconic, cult artist. A pianist, songwriter, producer, and vocalist from New York he is a mystical figure for record collectors, one of those artists where if you found an old dusty record with Don’s name on it, you’d buy it on sight. Hip-hop heads, jazz, funk, disco, rare groove, and soul fans all share a love for his music, it seems to possess a quality that resonates with a wide spectrum of music lovers.
Don is best known for his 1982 magnum-opus, the eponymous album released on Arista GRP. It featured the all-time classics ‘Heart’s Desire’ and ‘Holding You, Loving You’, and is consistently remarkable throughout. He also collaborated with other greats such as Bernard Wright, Weldon Irvine, Roy Ayers, and Lenny White.
Mr Bongo now presents two previously unreleased tracks from the vaults of the late Don Blackman: Say You’ll Be Mine b/w Your Love Drives Me Crazy
‘Your Love Makes Me Crazy’ is as funky as it gets, with infectiously catchy vocal hooks, and a serious jam, whereas ‘Say You’ll Be Mine’ is a classy, soulful boogie, instrumental number, that shows off Don’s masterful piano playing. Both tracks warrant full attention and capture a genius at work. He was also a one-man show when it came to production. He played all of the instruments and emulated the sounds of different instruments through patches on his keyboard. He recorded these tunes in his home studio in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City.