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Fontella Bass

Rhythm and blues and jazz singer from St. Louis

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Fontella Bass

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to a deep cut by Fontella Bass, an American rhythm and blues singer best known for her hit "Rescue Me" in 1965. Having returned to the U.S. in 1972 after some time in Paris with her husband, avant-garde jazz musician Lester Bowie, Bass recorded and released Free, the album this song is on. (This song was an outtake and later added to the CD reissue.) You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article on the blog FunkMySoul.


"Home Wrecker" by Fontella Bass
1972 | Rhythm and blues and jazz singer from St. Louis


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Very righteous work from Fontella Bass – an album done after her time at Chess Records, and after her work in Paris with the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – in a heartfelt, southern soul mode that’s totally great! Fontella’s back working with producer Oliver Sain, who first brought her fame back in the 60s – but the sound is a bit more sophisticated than before, drenched with roots from gospel and country soul, but also inflected with some of the more righteous modes of the early 70s too. Fontella’s vocals are incredible – with a range that should have made her one of the leading ladies of soul in the 70s.

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