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Album Review

MacDermot's best remembered for the faux funk he delivered via the soundtrack to Hair. This record is a sterling example of what he does, or did best. The effect is a lot like what the Ramsey Lewis Trio might have sounded like if they stayed up all night listening to Slim Whitman records. This is some seriously unfunky music. That being said, is that necessarily a bad thing? Not at all. This music is so earnest and so heartfelt it's impossible not to be taken in by its charm. If you like soundtrack music, this is the perfect album to throw on while jogging. It'll make you feel tough.

Biography

Born: 19 December 1928 in Montreal, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In a career packed with varying types of compositions, Galt MacDermot is still best-known for the music he wrote in the late-'60s Aquarian musical Hair. Born and raised in Montreal, MacDermot was the son of a Canadian diplomat. He studied at Bishop's University, then at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, before moving to New York in 1964. Three years later, MacDermot's music for Hair, combined with lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, made the show first an off-Broadway success, then...
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