Ep. #74 Featuring Victoria Theodore and EnSPirits
Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album Talking Book was a pivotal moment in the evolution of his signature sound. His talents, highlighted by his pairing of the Hohner clavinet keyboard with a Moog Synthesizer, became part of his quintessential sound. The track from this album that best embodies his signature sound is “Superstition”.
Written in collaboration with guitar great Jeff Beck, “Superstition” was originally meant to be released by Beck himself. Wonder made an agreement with Beck, promising to write a song for him in exchange for Beck’s skill on the guitar in the recording sessions for Talking Book. One day while Beck was sitting at the drumkit he began to play what we know now as the iconic syncopated beat, and Wonder began to improvise the famous riff.
Ultimately, when Beck’s album was delayed, Motown CEO Berry Gordy pressured Wonder to release the monumental hit. Wonder conceded and unleashed his “Superstition” first. Beck and Wonder reunited in 2009 to perform their smash hit at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame’s 25th Anniversary concert.
Delighting us with their rendition of the funk classic is regular Stevie Wonder collaborator Victoria Theodore with her band EnSPirits; Dave Tweedie on drums, Arion Salazab on bass, and Joseph Sfregola on supporting keys and vocals.