Grady Tate, a legendary soul-jazz drummer and singer, may be best known for his session work with some of the finest jazz artists and vocalists of any generation: Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lena Horne, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, and Wes Montgomery (to name a few) all used Grady on historic recordings.
Tate – who also served as a key member of the New York Jazz Quartet in the 70s – had a string of critically lauded solo records as well. His debut disc, 1968’s criminally out-of print Windmills Of My Mind, remains a highly collectable artifact of late 60s soul-jazz. (NOTE: iTunes has the album available for download!)
“Would You Believe” was written by our own Bobby Hebb. Hebb – obviously best known for the ubiquitous R&B/pop classic “Sunny” – had begun to gain notice as a songwriter, and Tate was one of the first people to cover one of his tunes. Aside from one of the nearly 700 covers of “Sunny” that is…!
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