Hailing from Indianapolis, Caesar Frazier was a funky soul-jazz organist who recorded several albums for the Eastbound/Westbound label family during the ‘70s. In addition to recording on his own, Frazier also played keyboards in Marvin Gaye's backing band. Collaborations with contemporaries were numerous and to this day Frazier's legacy is still alive through samples and remixes from outfits such as Gang Starr and Arrested Development.
In 1972 Frazier cut his first album Hail Ceasar, which featured musicians commonly associated with the Prestige label's jazz-funk outings – Melvin Sparks (guitar), Houston Person (tenor), and Idris Muhammad (drums). Those names alone should give you a clear idea of what's going down on this album: slick wa wa guitar lines, crisp ultra bumpin' conga rhythms, funky beats, screaming sax solos and last but not least Caesar's trademark Hammond organ lines.
Produced by Bob Porter and recorded by the great Rudy Van Gelder, next to Frazier's originals here you'll find sublime covers of material from Quincy Jones, Isaac Hayes, David Gates of Bread, and Sly Stone. Hail Ceasar! is sure to delight anyone who likes that '70s organ groove sound and it's right up there with some of the best soul jazz records coming out of that decade. Super rare and fetching large sums on the collectors market, the album is finally back on vinyl with its original artwork by Tom Curry.