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✨✧ John KlemmerMagnificent Madness ... LP
Elektra, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nothing too mad from reedman John Klemmer – but a set that nicely continues that spacey sound that Klemmer first created at Impulse Records, then moved into some warmer, more soulful territory on records like this! Klemmer's still got an incredibly strong sound on tenor – rich and full, and never held back at all – nor prone to some of the more gimmicky flourishes of some of his mainstream contemporaries – and the setting is never too slick or overdone, which seems to suit John just right! Keyboards work nicely in a mellow, spaced-out groove – and Klemmer crackles these effortless lines out in space – of the soulful style we first fell in love with on his earliest work for Chess. The set features guitar from John Tropea, keyboards from Don Grusin, and drums from Harvey Mason – and Klemmer even vocalizes a bit – in a surprisingly strong style for the music. Titles include "Magnificent Madness", "Deja Vu", "Lifesong", "Adventures In Paradise", "I Can't Help It", and "Don't Take Your Love Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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DeodatoDeodato In Concert – Live At The Felt Forum ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent little live set from Deodato – hard to believe because the sound's just as tight and funky as his studio albums, and possibly even more interesting because he manages to pull it off equally well in a live setting! The record features percussion by Airto, guitar by John Tropea, and vocals by Flora Purim – and those are just the marquee names of a large and amazing grew of great musicians! All tracks are long and complicated, for very hynotic feel throughout. The funkiest number is "Tropea", which has a nice long 8 minute groove – and the set also features a cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again", plus the tracks "Parana", "Branches", "Baubles, Bangles And Beads" and "Skyscraper". Amazing! CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)

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Art Farmer with Joe HendersonYama ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
An obscure late 70s set from CTI – and a near-lost chapter in the career of both artists in the title! Mike Mainieri arranged and produced the set – and the album's got a sweet, warm fusion approach that's very much like his own work – using a larger group of keyboards, vibes, bass, and percussion to set up backgrounds for solos by Farmer on flugelhorn and Joe Henderson on tenor! The mode's nicely colorful – different than early 70s CTI – and although the tracks have electric components, the main glow in the set seems to come from the horns. Players include Mainieri on vibes, Don Grolnick and Warren Bernhardt on keyboards, John Tropea on guitar, and Suzanne Ciani on electronics – and the approach is actually quite nice, and more sensitive than you'd think – with almost a soundtrack sort of feel overall. Titles include "Blue Montreux", "Lotus Blossom", "Dulzura", and "Stop". CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)

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✨✧ Phil UpchurchPhil Upchurch ... LP
Marlin, 1978. Very Good+ ... $3.99
One of the sweetest fusion sets ever recorded from guitarist Phil Upchurch – a set that's less trippy than his earlier albums, but one that more than makes up for that with a tightly soulful groove! Production is by John Tropea and George Benson – and you can definitely hear their touches here – giving Upchurch a strong sense of focus, yet still allowing plenty of room for those cool sounds and odd lines on his guitar. Arrangements are great throughout – partly handled by Leon Pendarvis, who also plays keyboards on the record with Richard Tee – and augmented by string and flute backings from Deodato. Titles include a great take on "Strawberry Letter 23" – plus "Free", "Good Times", "Church Street Station", "It's Almost Five", "Foolin Around", and "Cyrenna". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Frank WeberAs Time Flies ... CD
RCA/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Frank Weber's a heck of a songwriter – maybe not the kind who will change your life, but the sort who can definitely pen a sweet little song that's just right for the AOR generation! These songs are surprisingly personal, but also have a nice sort of polish, too – never trying too hard for commercial hooks, but also given some jazzy support via arrangements by David Spinozza and John Tropea – both of whom help Weber find the right sort of balance in his music. Richard Tee plays keyboards throughout – which sparkle nicely – and tunes include "71", "Regina", "As The Time Flies", "So Many Sides", "Complicated Times", "Shining In You", and "I Know You Know". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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✨✧ Fuse One (David Matthews)Ice ... LP
GNP, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lesser-known 80s outing from Fuse One – the funky fusion combo who recorded for CTI Records in earlier years – and who groove here with a slightly different lineup! The style is still very much in the group's earlier mode, but the production and overall vibe have changed a bit – given more of the 80s style of some of David Matthews' fusion albums of the period, even though Matthews only arranged and produced. The lineup features John Tropea and Larry Coryell on guitars, Tom Brown on trumpet, Cliff Carter on keyboards, George Young on tenor, and Ronnie Cuber on baritone – and titles include "Just Funkin Around", "Ruse It", "Requiem For Marvin", "Ice", and "A Lonely Smile". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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✨✧ New York Liner (David Matthews)New York Liner ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great post-CTI project from arranger David Matthews – working here with a group that includes lots of tight fusion guitar lines from Eric Gale, John Tropea, and David Spinozza! All three players get plenty of time in the spotlight – and seem to trade rhythm and solo efforts throughout – on a set of all original tunes by Matthews that kind of update his older fusion style for the 80s! The whole set's instrumental, and done with a style that's tight, but never too polished – on tracks that include "Acoustic Fusion", "New York Guitar", "Father's Finger", "Mattie's Song", and "Jamaica Man". CD

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Randy CrawfordRaw Silk ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A really wonderful little album from Randy Crawford – a lot jazzier than previous work, and done in a style that has Randy's vocals backed by small electric combo work on most cuts! Players on the set are a great batch of top-shelf fusion players – and include Don Grusin, William D Smith, Leon Pendarvis, and John Tropea – all playing in different combos from track to track, but keeping things nicely together to match Randy's increasingly soulful vocals. The sound's a real hint at the greatness Randy would hit with The Crusaders – but in a mellower mode – and titles include "Endlessly", "Declaration Of Love", "Blue Mood", "Love Is Like A Newborn Child", "Nobody", and "Just To Keep You Satisfied". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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