Don Adams, Watts Happening

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Geman jazzbos turn to R&B and funk in late ‘60s Munich.

Watts Happening was originally released in 1969, and it proceeded to remain in print for about 20 minutes. It was recorded in Munich with a band comprised of “some of the most respected jazz players in the local scene.” Don Adams was a Scottish vocalist who moved to Munich in the late '60s to join a production of Hair. While in Munich he met sax player Olaf Kuebler, who introduced him to the Munich jazz scene. Watts Happening was recorded for the United Artists label with some of those players, was released to no fanfare and has languished in obscurity ever since. While this is in no way a “Lost Treasure Rescued,” it is a sturdy slice of funk sure to thrill all the other R&B obscurantists in the house. You could drop “What Have You Done” at a DJ night and have dozens of perplexed partygoers rushing the booth for the details.