Click on over there and read it now.
I especially appreciated the accurate history of the musicians and the well-deserved inclusion of Archie Turner (aka Hubbie Mitchell) as a full member of the unit.
Mehr very aptly quotes the writer Robert Gordon on these guys' togetherness:
Part of the power of the Hi band derived from the close-knit nature of their players, who'd come up under the tutelage of patriarchal "Pops" Mitchell and were family in one way or another. "The fact that the same blood -- literally the same blood -- is pumping through most of their hearts, makes the beat sync up in a family way," says Gordon. "There's a level of closeness in what they do and who they are as people and their history together, that means they can take the music to a tighter place than other groups can get to."
Just so. I've described it this way: Hi Rhythm performs like a school of fish, which turns instantly without seeming to have or need a leader.
I'm privileged to have known these guys for many years; and I'm glad to hear Teenie say the entire original unit plans to play out again regularly, starting with an appearance in Stax Studio A this coming Monday night from 7-9pm, with guest singer Syl Johnson.
To get a glimpse of what that show is going to be like, see an earlier post of mine for a video shot in London of Syl Johnson and Hi Rhythm doing an immortal song Syl recorded first, "Take Me To The River."