With the opening of his new restaurant Red Rooster, Marcus Samuelsson has been ushering in a a new era in high Harlemite cuisine, catering to a sampling of the social (and political) elite, and re-introducing ‘fusion’ into the dominantly localvore scene of New York fine dining. BULLETT is excited to feature Marcus in our upcoming Fall issue (on stands in mid-August), and as a sampling of things to come, here’s a Marcus-curated list of albums to kick it to over the holiday weekend.
I’d have the Delta Rhythm Boys, because that’s how my parents met, at a Delta Rhythm Boys concert. I would definitely have David Bowie, from Ziggy Stardust, that era. There would be some old Stevie, from Hotter Than July, because that was my first concert. I would definitely have Bob Marley – late Marley – from Uprising, because that was my first album, that was my own. I would have some Kiss, Detroit City. I’ve never in my life, when I saw these guys, with make-up, it was like, “What is this?” It was great, fantastic. I was like in awe. Back in the day when you had real albums and you looked at things. I just think it was fascinating to look at. Today there’s nothing to look at. Part of the music was that you looked at these albums. I would probably have some Blondie. I would definitely have some Bryan Ferry. There would be lots – lots – of Swedish music, like the guy Timbuktu. (And TK.) I would have old Quincy and Michael, like when Quincy was in a big band, and probably from Off The Wall Michael, that type of era. There would be Sly and the Family Stone, definitely. A hint of Kanye. There would be Mos Def and I would even throw in some Nebraska-era Bruce Springstein. I think Ben Harper will be on the list. Miles, would definitely be on the list. Otis and Sam Cooke would be on the list. I’d also add great songs that make you laugh, like a Bon Jovi song that puts you in the moment. And of course, some old-school Ethiopian, like Aster Aweke.