In honor of both that plucky little space rover, Curiosity, and space-cadet commander MB, this week’s interlude offers a couple of funky jams from beyond earth’s stratosphere.
First, here’s Billy Preston’s Outta Space, which I understand is what Curiosity plays on its headphones as it goes around taking pictures up there on Mars.
Second, for my more refined guests, here’s Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, decomposed and recomposed by the Brazilian pianist Eumir Deodato. I’ll wonder if Zarathustra ever actually sprach this funkily.
A techy note on the keyboards in play here. On Outta Space, that’s a clavichord, basically a funked-up harpsichord that Stevie Wonder also gets a lot of mileage out of.
On the Deodato jam, those are the distinct chimes of the Fender Rhodes that used to be the rage among jazz pianist gone electric—Herbie Hancock, eg. As a commenter very aptly put it, “Ah,the Fender Rhodes, a keyboard wearing sunglasses…”
Go Curiosity, Go!