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John TropeaStandard Influences 2 – Rock Candy ... CD CD format
Video Arts (Japan), 2004. Used ... $6.99
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(Out of print. Hybrid Super Audio CD. Booklet has a cut corner.)
 
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DeodatoWhirlwinds ... LP LP format
MCA, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
Sweet keyboard soul from Deodato – a set that steps off nicely from the strengths of his big hits on CTI, hitting a similarly flowing groove that's really great! The instrumentation here is a bit more expanded than before, but never in a way that buries the keyboards – and Deodato's right out front on a range of electric keys that get some great support from John Tropea's finely-honed work on guitar! Titles include "Havana Strut", "Whirlwinds", "West 42nd Street", and a nice cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". And heck, even the album's version of Glen Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" manages to come off like a funk tune! LP, Vinyl record album

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David MatthewsGrand Cross ... CD CD format
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $12.99
Sweet smooth fusion from the great David Matthews – that legendary talent that started out working with James Brown, then moved to CTI Records in the 70s, then kept going strong with fusion efforts like this one in the 80s! The style is a bit more polished than some of Matthews' earlier work, but still has all the right elements in place – and a great sense of production, given that the release was part of the excellent Electric Bird series from Japan. The lineup features lots of top-shelf players – including David Sanborn on alto, Michael Brecker on tenor, Randy Brecker on trumpet, and both Larry Carlton and John Tropea on guitars – and titles include the groover "Sambafrique", plus "Movin Man", "Grand Cross", and "Afro Sax". CD

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Paul MauriatOverseas Call/Brasil Exclusivamente Vol 3 ... CD CD format
Vocalion (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... $16.99
Two albums recorded a bit later than the initial 60s hit run for easy maestro Paul Mauriat – both with a more pronounced approach to the groove! Overseas Call was recorded in New York, and has Mauriat bringing in plenty of disco elements throughout – using soaring strings with tighter clubby rhythms, all in a mode that's right up there with some of the best European disco/easy sets done in a similar style! There's a few nice instrumental solos from both Brecker Brothers, and guitarist John Tropea – and titles include "Overseas Call", "Eva", "Come Back", "Power Jam (parts 1 & 2)", "You Can Do It", and "From Jupiter With Love". Brazil Exclusivamente has Mauriat moving down to Rio – working with Brazilian musicians in a local studio – and coming up with a sweet style that mixes late 70s club with some of the warmer samba styles of the time! The approach is a bit like a European 70s soundtrack approach to Brazilian music – and titles include "Suplica", "Mania De Voce", "Gostoso Veneno", "Estrada Do Sol", "Comecar De Novo", and "Na Paz Do Seu Sorriso". CD

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Lalo SchifrinBlack Widow ... LP LP format
CTI, 1976. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Funky 70s work from Lalo – with a bit of a disco twist, and plenty of the electric jazz funk elements that were showing up in his soundtracks at the time. Lalo's on keyboards, playing a cool host of electric ones that give the record a nice spacey sound over the top of the funky arrangements. There's plenty of nice guitar work – either by Eric Gale or John Tropea – which gives the cuts some nice choppy funky bits that drive them a bit harder than you might expect. Includes an amazing funk remake of "Quiet Village", plus "Dragonfly", "Black Widow", "Baia", "Turning Point", and a version of the "Jaws" theme! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Phil UpchurchPhil Upchurch ... LP LP format
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

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John KlemmerMagnificent Madness ... CD CD format
Elektra (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Around March 25, 2015
A smooth, clean-toned example of early 80s fusion from John Klemmer! Klemmer is backed by Dean Parks, John Tropea, Don Grusin, Victor Feldman, Abe Laboriel, and Harvey Mason, with some spacial synths here and there and even some vocalising by John! Tracks include "Magnificent Madness", "Don't Take Your Love Away", "Deja Vu", "Lifesong", "Adventures In Paradise", "I Can't Help It", "Don't Take Your Love Away", and more. CD

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New Randy CrawfordRaw Silk ... CD CD format
Warner (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". CD

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New Fuse One (David Matthews)Ice ... CD CD format
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... 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". CD

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New Mikio MasudaGoing Away ... CD CD format
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mikio Masuda plays plenty of keyboards here – Fender Rhodes, moog, clavinet, and melodica – and even a bit of acoustic piano too – all in a wonderfully soulful lineup with work from some key American fusion players! The album's got that tight style of the best Japanese fusion of the time – a different variant than some of the American work on our bigger labels, and almost more committed to an overall groove – even though the soloists get some nice room to stretch out. John Tropea turns in some especially great work on guitar – and the album also features Michael Brecker on tenor, Ronnie Cuber on baritone and flute, and David Tofani on saxes – on titles that include "Funky Surf", "Song For Georgi", "See Saw Song", "Sarara", "Childhood Dream", and "Goin Away". CD

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New New York Liner (David Matthews)New York Liner ... CD CD format
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... 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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New George YoungChant ... CD CD format
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet fusion set from reedman George Young – who plays tenor, alto, sopranino, and soprano sax – plus some flute as well! The album's put together by David Matthews, and has a vibe that's similar to his own 80s fusion efforts – with a real nod back to the soulful fusion styles of the 70s, and a good sense of space and collaboration that keeps things from ever sounding too clunky or pre-programmed. Other players include Lewis Del Gatto on additional reeds, John Tropea on guitar, and Sammy Figueroa and Rubens Bassini on percussion – and titles include "The Snake", "Leetah", "New Moon", "Ode To A Friend", and "Chant". CD

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New DeodatoWhirlwinds/Artistry ... CD CD format
MCA/BGO (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two post-CTI gems from Deodato – back to back on a single CD! Whirlwinds is sweet keyboard soul from Deodato – a set that steps off nicely from the strengths of his big hits on CTI, hitting a similarly flowing groove that's really great! The instrumentation here is a bit more expanded than before, but never in a way that buries the keyboards – and Deodato's right out front on a range of electric keys that get some great support from John Tropea's finely-honed work on guitar! Titles include "Havana Strut", "Whirlwinds", "West 42nd Street", and a nice cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". And heck, even the album's version of Glen Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" manages to come off like a funk tune! Artistry is a live set from Deodato – but one that's very much in the mode of his best CTI studio sessions – with soaring, over the top keyboard work that's totally great – backed by some tightly compressed guitar, bass, and drums, with just enough funk in the mix to keep things interesting! As with other Deodato records from the time, there's a mix of moods here that comes together nicely – a range that goes past his easy hits, and shows Deodato to be one of the hippest, most soulful keyboard talents of his generation. Titles include a great version of "Super Strut" that grooves for over 8 minutes, and which has some firey guitar that really competes with Deodato's work on the keys – and other tracks include "Farewell To A Friend", "Pavane For A Dead Princess", "Rio Sangre", and "Jivin". CD
 
 
 



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