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✨✧ John TropeaShort Trip To Space ... LP
RCA, 1977. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky fusion classic from John Tropea – the great guitarist who cut a wealth of studio work for other players, and a rare few albums under his own name! This set's got a tight, yet soulful finish – very much in the spirit of the best work on CTI or Kudu during the mid 70s – with Tropea's guitar out front in the arrangements on most tracks, backed by keyboards, horns, and some nice use of synth, which creates some especially great spacey touches. Players include Mike Mainieri, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, and Steve Gadd – and titles include "The Funk You See Is The Funk You Do", "Can't Hide Love", "You Can't Have It All", "Southside", "Short Trip To Space", "Love's Final Moment", and "Twist Of The Wrist". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Randy CrawfordRaw Silk ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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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✨✧ DeodatoDeodato In Concert – Live At The Felt Forum ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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Jon FaddisGood & Plenty ... CD
Dunhill, 1978. Used ... $2.99
One of the few 70s albums issued under the name of trumpeter Jon Faddis – a player who worked on countless studio sessions over the years, but only got a few chances to record under his own name! The album's got a feel that's similar to some of Jon's session work over the years – full backings by Leon Pendarvis that are very much in a soul-influenced style – with bits of disco in the mix on some cuts, and a mellow fusion-based style on others. The album's less of a straight jazz album than it is a smoother R&B-sounding one – but Faddis still gets in plenty of nice moments, alongside other players that include Michael Brecker on tenor, Harold Vick on flute, John Tropea on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Leon Pendarvis on electric piano. Titles include "Slow Walkin", "Razor Blade", "Baker Street", "Ridin Easy Ridin High", and "Good & Plenty". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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✨✧ Art Farmer with Joe HendersonYama ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ DeodatoFirst Cuckoo ... LP
MCA, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Key proof that Deodato kept on making great records after leaving CTI Records – and in a way, the kind of set that allowed him a bit more freedom to grow than some of his contemporaries! The vibe here is a bit tighter than before, but in a way that makes many numbers even funkier – played by small combos on all tunes, with players that include Hubert Laws, Steve Gadd, John Tropea, and other early 70s fusion heavyweights – all jamming with Deodato's great work on electric piano and clavinet! There's a great variety of material here, but as usual with D, even familiar tunes get really transformed – in this case into soulful fusion numbers with a sound that we never would have expected! Titles include "Caravan", "Funk Yourself", "Crabwalk", "First Cuckoo", and versions of Marcos Valle's "Adam's Hotel" and Led Zep's "Black Dog"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Phil UpchurchPhil Upchurch ... LP
Marlin, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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