Get off your bicycle. Take off your headphones. Stretch out on a sidewalk and close your eyes.
Get down with your inner ooh child.
The muscular pulse of Chicago is at the root of its timeless soul music.
"When I was a kid, the rag man, the vegetable man, the ice man, they were pulling their stuff with the horses and wagons," Chicago trumpet player-historian Melvin Williams recalled during a conversation last week at Soundmines Studio in the 8000 block of South Stony Island in Chicago. "We used horses and wagons in Chicago up until 1955."
Saxophone player Gene Barge left the warmth of Norfolk, Va. in 1964 to become producer-arranger-session musician at Chess Records.
"Chicago was home of the labor people," he said......