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John TropeaTo Touch You Again ... LP
Marlin, 1979. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Sweet 70s fusion from John Tropea – a tightly-crafted album, but one that's never too slick, and which still has plenty of soul! Tropea's that rare breed who actually sounds better with a bit more polish – and he seems to draw magically from the high quality of studio support he gets on the record, inspiring his own guitar work onto strong new levels! There's a sense of focus here that seems to even go beyond John's first 2 albums as a leader – and the whole thing's nicely unified with a laidback groove and an R&B-inspired approach to electric jazz. Titles include "Livin In The Jungle", "In This Time", "Look What They've Done To My Song", "You're My Every Need", and "Yours Next To Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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John TropeaTropea (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Marlin/Video Arts (Japan), 1975. Used ... $15.99
The first album from guitarist John Tropea – ace 70s session guitarist, but a surprisingly great leader and arranger in his own right too! Tropea's working here in a vibe that's clearly influence by the CTI sound – smooth but funky fusion – laid down in prime studio conditions, but still nicely soulful throughout, and without any of the BS that crept into other overly-jamming or too-slick records from the time. Guitar's the lead solo instrument on the set, but the album has a lot of other strong work by players that Deodato, Steve Gadd, Rick Marotta, and Rubens Bassini – making for a very tight set that's stood up wonderfully through the years. Titles include "The Bratt", "Tambourine", "7th Heaven", "The Jingle", "Just Blue", "Muff", and "Dreams". CD
(Includes obi. Out of print.)
 
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DeodatoWhirlwinds ... LP
MCA, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
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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DeodatoWhirlwinds/Artistry ... CD
MCA/BGO (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99 20.98
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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Deodato & AirtoDeodato In Concert – Live At The Felt Forum ... LP
CTI, 1974. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An excellent little live set from Deodato – hard to believe because the sound's just as slick 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 all tracks are long and complicated. 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" and "Branches". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, small peeled spot and a touch or marker.)

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Fuse One (David Matthews)Ice ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
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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John KlemmerMagnificent Madness ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $9.99
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". CD

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Jimmy MaelinBeats Workin ... LP
Pavillion, 1980. Very Good+ ... $0.99
A great title for the record – given the fact that Maelin was a fairly successful studio percussionist at the time of this late 70s set. However, he's not that great of a singer, and he does try to sing on most of the album's tracks, coming across in a smooth late 70s AOR kind of way. Maelin's got help from an infinite number of music industry bigwigs on the set – and his backing vocals include work by Luther Vandross, and his group features keyboards by Paul Schaefer. Arrangements are by John Tropea, David Van De Pitte, Rob Mounsey, and others – and tracks include "Sympathy For The Devil", "Squeeze Play", "Spirit In The Flesh", "I'm Gonna Getcha", and "Turn The Music Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mikio MasudaGoing Away ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
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 York Liner (David Matthews)New York Liner ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $12.99
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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Phil UpchurchPhil Upchurch ... LP
Marlin, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
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 some wear.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoLa Cuna ... LP
CTI, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Steve Gadd, John Tropea, Carlos Franzetti, and Willie Torres. The melds the styles beautifully – with plenty of languid, rubbery jamming with percussion that thumps just hard enough! Really kind of a stunner from '79 – one that came at welcome time for both Barretto and CTI! Includes the great electric Latin groover "Mambotango", plus "The Old Castle", "La Cuna", and a sublime vocal remake of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Terumasa HinoDaydream ... LP
Inner City, 1980. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Hino's sweeter fusion albums – still soulful enough, but done in a style that's more like CTI funk than some of his earlier albums. Leon Pendarvis handled the group and plays keyboards on the record – and other players include Steve Gadd, Bob James, John Tropea, Masabumi Kickuchi, and Michael Brecker – plus vocals by Lani Groves and Luther Vandross. Not bad, in a soulful fusion kind of way – and with titles that include "Still Be Bop", "Goin For The Gold", "La Hora Azul", "Sweeter & Sweeter", "Late Summer", and "Antigua Boy". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lalo SchifrinBlack Widow ... LP
CTI, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Cover has wear and two stickers on the front.)

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✨✧ George YoungChant ... CD
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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