The Sounds of Stax
But a series of financial problems killed the label in the mid-1970s. Since then, the master tapes have fallen into the hands of California-based Concord Records which recently reactivated the Stax name.
Meantime, Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater decided to pay homage to the era of Stax and the music with their new production Memphis Soul: The Story of Stax Records.
Eight Forty-Eight's Richard Steele recently sat down with the theater's founder Jackie Taylor, who's also the director and producer of the show, and musical director Jimmy Tillman. Tillman says it was Stax's house rhythm section, known as Booker T and the MG's, that really helped define the Memphis Soul sound.