Tribute To Terry Callier
Folk-jazz legend Terry Callier was for far too long the exclusive province of a fierce but small cult following. After singing soul and doo-wop in various outfits and releasing a glorious single-debut on Chess aged only 17, Terry Callier discovered folk music for himself in the mid-60s. Accordingly, he started cutting his teeth on the post-beatnik bohemian hideouts and open mic spots of his hometown of Chicago, forging a soulful and spiritual version of folk that took critics and contemporaries like Curtis Mayfield by storm. In the early 70s, Terry Callier hit his most prolific stride crafting a much noticed album trilogy with legendary producer Charles Stepney for Cadet between 1972 and 1974. But despite all critical acclaim and artistic mastery, it was not before the early nineties that the masses caught on, and he eventually received the mainstream recognition that he so rightly deserved. Having retired in 1983 to re-train as a computer programmer and make a home for his daughter who decided she wanted to join him in Chicago, it was a call from Eddie Piller at Acid Jazz that led to some legendary and emotional performances at London’s Jazz Cafe, and a new recording career with Talkin’ Loud, and collaborated with Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja or Beth Orton, just to name a few. On October 28, 2012, one of the great voices of jazz and folk fell silent, aged only 67.
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Kirk Degiorgio pays tribute to folk-jazz legend Terry Callier with an in-depth look at an unparalleled discography.
In a career spanning over two decades, _(artist-name)Kirk Degiorgio_ has earned the tag of ‘the producers producer’. From his humble beginnings in 1983 as an electro DJ to his As One productions for Clear, Mo’ Wax and Ubiquity, Degiorgio has remained true to his love of everything soulful, edgy and funky. Inspired by a vinyl buying visit to Chicago and Detroit in 1990 Kirk sold all his records and put together ART Studios in the model of those he saw at Transmat and Metroplex. Kirk fused his vision of the Detroit sound with funk and jazz influences resulting in a succession of projects under the names _(artist-name)Future/Past_, _(artist-name)As One_, _(artist-name)Offworld_, _(artist-name)Esoterik_, _(artist-name)Elegy_ and _(artist-name)Super-A-Loof_, as well as his actual name for his purist techno releases on the New Religion label. He has remixed artists as varied as _(artist-name)Azymuth_, _(artist-name)Coldcut_, _(artist-name)4 Hero_, _(artist-name)Innerzone Orchestra_, _(artist-name)Papo Vasquez_ and many more. His collaborations include work with visionaries like _(artist-name)Ian O'Brien_, _(artist-name)Tony Allen_, _(artist-name)Carl Craig_, and _(artist-name)Paul Randolph_. From 1992 until 1997 Kirk’s ART/OpArt labels released important early productions from _(artist-name)B12_, _(artist-name)Carl Craig_, _(artist-name)Aphex Twin_, _(artist-name)The Black Dog_, _(artist-name)Photek_ and others. Kirk has also worked as producer, writer, and backing singer for the band _(artist-name)The Beauty Room_.