09/01/2020: “Me And My Woman” by Shuggie Otis

“Me And My Woman” is the only song on 1971’s Freedom Flight not credited to Shuggie Otis. It was written instead by Gene Barge, a sax player.

The song is driven funky monster, with a boogieing keyboard bassline and hyperactive guitar. It’s about an up and down relationship, full of highs and lows.

The song is elegant and smartly performed, defying easy pigeonholing. Is it funky blues, or bluesy funk?

The maddest thing is that, apart from playing a wide selection of instruments throughout the album, Otis was 15 when it was released!

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