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Thursday, Jan 28 2016 | 10:34
Image: 1601932 In 1973, a young Ohio pianist named Roy Meriwether prepared a
trio that laid down some of the most compelling soulful Jazz ever
recorded live to tape. Recorded live at “The Magic Carpet” in the
heart of downtown Dayton, Ohio, Nubian Lady united the talented
trio of Bill Conway (double bass), Billy Jackson (drums) and Roy
Meriwether (piano).
Released on tiny indie label Singer Productions, Nubian Lady never
got the proper push it deserved, and remained a extremely rare
(and expensive) treasure for decades. After being re-discovered by
DJs and sample hunters, the album has taken on almost mythical
status among collectors of jazz, soul, and funk. Now, more than 40
years after it’s original release, Nubian Lady is finally back in print
on limited-edition vinyl, complete with never-before-seen photos,
new liner notes, and a bonus LP containing another rare Meriwether
recording, 1975’s Roy Meriwether Live.
Reflecting on the triad’s time together, Billy Jackson recalls knowing
it was special. “We all got along real well, it was an adventure working
with Roy, then we started to click. The more we played together,
the better we played, we began to think alike, and had a very good
group together”. These recordings are in a groove, it’s “live”, it’s that
experience that you need to participate in. Meriwether summed it up
best: “It doesn’t stop, it goes all the way through to the end, it doesn’t
break up. Even the drum solo, and the bass solo, being as out as it
is, it’s still in the realm of the rhythm!

Official Reissue of the 1973 album recorded live at The Magic Carpet, Dayton, Ohio

• ‘Nubian Lady’ united the talented trio of Bill Conway (double bass), Billy Jackson (drums) and Roy Meriwether (piano)
• Complete with never-before-seen photos, new liner notes, and a bonus LP containing another rare Meriwether recording, 1975’s Roy Meriwether Live

1. Nubian Lady
2. Here’s That Rainy Day
3. Day By Day
4. Me & Mrs. Jones
5. Smooth Silver Soul (Bonus)
6. Jesus Christ Superstar
7. Out Of This World
8. Jungle Plum Available from 19.02.2016
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