Charles Stepney Listening Party + DJ Set

Join us on 10/16at 2pm as we celebrate the release ofStep on Step, a double LP collection of rarely heard recordings created by enigmatic producer, arranger, and composerCharlesStepneyalone in the basement of his home on the Southside of Chicago, sometime between the late 1960s and early 1970s, before his untimely death in 1976.

Stepneyis known for his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Deniece Williams, and Ramsey Lewis, and as a staff producer for Chess Records in the 1960s, where he was an essential creative force behind seminal recordings by Rotary Connection, Minnie Riperton, Marlena Shaw, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Terry Callier, The Dells, The Emotions, and many many more. In the decades since his passing, the presence of his name in liner notes and on vinyl labels has become a seal of quality for record collectors, music historians, and aficionados, while his sound has been used by countless samplers in the hip-hop world including Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, MF Doom, and Madlib. But in comparison to the post-mortem renown of his sound, or the music he created and the artists he supported while he was alive,Stepneyis a greatly underappreciated figure, a genius relegated to the shadows.

DJ Swivel will be spinning some tracks from Step on Stepas well as other Charles Stepney related songs. We'll also be giving away posters & zines (while supplies last). It's going to get funky up in here!

Charles Stepney
2:00PM Criminal Records
Atlanta, GA

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