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This is the first full-length LP and CD re-issue for Tommy Stewarts self-titled tough-to- find album. It?s a legend amongst collectors and DJs for the party anthem "Bump And Hustle Music." That tune appears on many play lists because it is on so many bootlegs and compilations. Featuring a killer vocal hook by Hot Buttered Soul (Isaac Hayes backing singers) it?s a little known fact that this track almost did not appear on the original record, it was only an afterthought put to tape last minute when the band thought they were a track short.
Recording began in Atlanta, Georgia at Sound Pit Recording Studios, and was finished in Memphis, Tennessee in 1976. This was the latter end of the rare groove era, which is reflected in the combination of funk with early disco style production. In fact, Stewart is often labeled as the innovator of disco-funk because of this album and his production on releases like Southside Connection and Sil Austin. In addition to ?Bump and Hustle Music? tracks like ?Riding High? and ?The Fulton County Line? qualify the album as a classic and one that sits pretty next to the likes of releases by The Headhunters, Roy Ayers, and the Mighty Ryeders.
Tommy Stewart was born on November 19th, 1939. His mother, a songwriter, vocalist and choir conductor, set him on a musical path and at the age of 10 he was in his High School marching band. He was even voted ?most musical? by classmates at graduation time. Stewart taught music as a band director while performing and arranging outside of class. In 1964 he played with Fred Wesley and members of the 55th Army band. He wrote and composed for TV and even played with Blue Note recording artist Duke Pearson.
In 1973 he arranged and composed a musical score called ?The Burning of Atlanta? for Buddha Records, another Stewart collectible LP. This roughly marked the beginning of a busy period during which he would work as an arranger, producer, performer or writer for the likes of Clarence Carter, Candy Staton, Johnny Taylor, Major Lance, Eddie Kendricks, Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, Flip Wilson, Roy Gaines, Tamiko Jones and many others.
However, it is the self-titled 1976 album that most people associate Stewart with, mostly because of ?Bump And Hustle Music.?