Jazz, soul and folk guitarist/singer-songwriter, Terry Callier released his debut album in 1968 and continued recording until 1978 when he disappeared off the radar. Amazingly, at this time his music just wasn’t making him the living he so rightly deserved, so for the best part of 20 years he disappeared.
He re-emerged from obscurity in the late 1980’s when British DJ’s with a love for Acid Jazz discovered his old recordings and began to play his songs in clubs. In the mid 90’s was signed to UK label, Talkin’ Loud Records, sharing the roster with the likes of Roni Size, Shawn Lee, MC Solaar, Urban Species (who sampled Callier’s incredible You Goin’ Miss Your Candy Man in their 1994 track, Listen) and many more.
The release of his 1997 Timepeace album marked his long-awaited return and was a record well-worth the two decade wait! His sound is cosmic and spiritual, with elements of gospel and soul mixed into his magical jazz/funk fusions. I don’t know if its the mesmerising timescale of Lazarus Man that steals even the most distractible part of me away, but when I put this song on my focus is nowhere else but here…and like with so many of Callier’s beautiful songs, I find myself 100% taken by his sound, its all about his voice and the power of his delivery….
Listen above and check out a live performance of Lazarus Man below.