Album #304 – Inspiration Information

Album #304

Inspiration Information is the most recent album by Shuggie Otis. He is still alive but, he has not released anything since this album in 1974. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find out what he is doing now. His father is bandleader Johnny Otis who was instrumental in helping create modern r&b music. Shuggie’s sound is part psychedelic, part jazz, part r&b. He even sings on this album. His voice is actually soothing, kind of like a female Astrid Gilberto. The music is also very mellow and laid back. It kind of reminds me of smooth jazz guitarists like Pat Metheny and elevator music with guitar as the forefront. Tracks on this album have been sampled by Beyonce, to name a few, and Inspiration Information has influenced many neo soul artists including D’Angelo (who recently returned to the stage after a long absence). I found this album to be good but, I was surprised that it was so mellow. It kind of took away from it’s value for me. I was expecting Otis to be more of a guitar hero than a laid back jazz-influenced guitarist. Overall, I give this album 4 out of 5.

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