Today is Calvin Keys‘s 69th 70th birthday. Until recently I knew only that Keys was a jazz guitarist—I’d never knowingly heard any of his work. That’s changed thanks to the great Tompkins Square label, which has reissued his 1971 debut album, Shawn-Neeq. The record was originally released by the iconic Black Jazz imprint, an Oakland label that concentrated on a funky, soulful branch of African-American jazz—a kind of proto-fusion, minus the wankery.