Tag: Jazz

Monday 11/29/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Herb Alpert – Rise (79)

Rise is a 1979 album by Herb Alpert.

In 1979, the song “Rise”, written by Andy Armer and Alpert’s nephew Randy “Badazz” Alpert but without an accompanying album, became a worldwide sensation. The 12″ version was a favorite of club DJs and the 7″ single, released on July 20, 1979, reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October, staying there for two weeks. “Rise” was Alpert’s first No. 1 hit in the US since “This Guy’s in Love with You” spent four weeks there in 1968. Armer and the Alperts then set about creating an album to capitalize on the song’s success, and Rise was released in September.

Side 1 of Rise consists of original songs composed by Armer, Herb Alpert and Randy Alpert. Side 2 contains cover versions of songs that Herb Alpert admired. All songs featured the elder Alpert on trumpet, with many other studio musicians contributing.

The opening track, “1980”, is an instrumental theme written by Herb Alpert that NBC Sports executive Don Ohlmeyer had originally commissioned for the network’s planned coverage of the Summer Olympics in Moscow, but it was used seven years later as the official theme song for NBC’s telecast of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. The closing song on the first side is another Armer and Randy Alpert song called “Rotation”, which was released as the follow-up single to “Rise”, peaking at No. 30 on the Hot 100 chart in January 1980.

Side 2 of the album includes a cover of “Street Life,” originally recorded by the Jazz Crusaders, a version of the Bill Withers song “Love Is” featuring Herb Alpert’s vocals and a dance rendition of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez classical composition.

Rise was the first album to be recorded digitally on the 3M 32-track digital recorder at Alpert’s A&M Records studios.

The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and at No. 6 on both the Billboard 200 and R&B album chart, selling more than three million copies.

1980 (2:25)
Rise (7:37)
Behind the Rain (5:34)
Rotation (5:12)
Street Life (5:01)
Love Is (4:28)
Angelina (4:13)
Aranjuez (Mon Amour) (6:42)

Tuesday 11/23/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

There have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Gene Pistilli. The second version of the group, formed in 1972, consisted of Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé. In 1979, Massé left the group after being badly injured in a car accident and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. The group’s long-time pianist, Yaron Gershovsky, accompanied the group on tour and served as music director. Trist Curless from the Los Angeles a cappella group m-pact became a permanent member in October 2014 following Hauser’s death.

Friday 11/12/21 6pm ET: Feature LP: Boney James – Solid (2020)

Solid by Boney James was released March 6, 2020

“A solid relationship is when someone has your back and will stand by your side no matter what,” explains Boney James about the title of his new CD. Solid is the four-time GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum selling saxophonist’s seventeenth album as a leader. It follows up his smash 2017 release Honestly (which became his eleventh #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album). With eleven original songs and featuring R&B star Kenny Lattimore on the single “Be Here”, the record is an uplifting collection. Says James, “This new music is a reaction to how stressful the world feels these days. Music is a respite, it’s always ‘solid’ and it never lets me down.

1 Full Effect 3:51
2 Solid 4:05
3 The Bottom Line 3:52
4 Luna 4:45
5 On The Path 3:56
6 Be Here feat. Kenny Lattimore 3:34
7 Tonic 4:17
8 Just So 3:39
9 Fresh Air 3:42
10 Last Train Home 4:41

In Memoriam: Dr. Lonnie Smith (1943 – 2021)

Lonnie Smith (July 3, 1942 – September 28, 2021), styled Dr. Lonnie Smith, was an American jazz Hammond B3 organist who was a member of the George Benson quartet in the 1960s. He recorded albums with saxophonist Lou Donaldson for Blue Note before being signed as a solo act. He owned the label Pilgrimage.

Smith toured the northeastern United States heavily during the 1970s. He concentrated largely on smaller neighborhood venues during this period. His sidemen included Donald Hahn on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber, Dave Hubbard, Bill Easley and George Adams on saxes, George Benson, Perry Hughes, Marc Silver, Billy Rogers, and Larry McGee on guitars, and Joe Dukes, Sylvester Goshay, Phillip Terrell, Marion Booker, Jimmy Lovelace, Charles Crosby, Art Gore, Norman Connors and Bobby Durham on drums.

Smith performed at several prominent jazz festivals with artists including Grover Washington Jr., Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Donaldson, Ron Holloway, and Santana. He also played with musicians outside of jazz, such as Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Etta James, and Esther Phillips.

Smith died on September 29, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 79.

Wednesday 4/28/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Chuck Mangione – Fun and Games (1980)

Fun and Games is an album recorded by the American flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione, who released it on the A&M Records label in 1980. It included the song “Give It All You Got”, which ABC Sports used for the 1980 Winter Olympics, as well as a slower version of that song, “Give It All You Got, But Slowly”. The latter was also used during the 80’s as sign-off music for many American television stations.ard for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

  1. “Give It All You Got” 6:16
  2. “You’re the Best There Is” 7:34
  3. “Piña Colada” 8:15
  4. “I Never Missed Someone Before” 9:37
  5. “Give it All You Got, But Slowly” 4:27
  6. “Fun and Games” 7:11

Chuck Mangione – Flugelhorn, electric and acoustic pianos, vocal
Grant Geissman – electric, acoustic, 12-string, and classical guitars
James Bradley, Jr. – drums, timbales, triangle, congas, cowbell
Charles Meeks – bass, harmonica
Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone
Jeff Tyzik – trumpet
Chris Vadala – C flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo

Tuesday 4/20/21 12am ET: Feature LP: George Benson – Give Me The Night (1980)

Give Me the Night is an album recorded and released August 9, 1980 by American jazz guitarist on and singer George Benson.

Released in the summer of 1980, Give Me the Night was produced by Quincy Jones and released on Jones’s start-up label Qwest Records, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records. It charted at number one on both the Top Soul Albums and Jazz Albums Chart as well as number three on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

The album’s success was due mainly to its lead single, also titled “Give Me the Night,” which rose all the way to the number one single on the Soul Singles chart. Another selection on the album, “Moody’s Mood,” was recorded with R&B singer Patti Austin. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, Give Me the Night was the only album Quincy Jones produced for Benson.

This album won Benson three Grammy Awards in 1981; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while “Moody’s Mood” received Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male and “Off Broadway” received Best R&B Instrumental Performance. Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the song “Dinorah, Dinorah.”

  1. “Love X Love” – 4:45
  2. “Off Broadway” – 5:23
  3. “Moody’s Mood” – 3:24 (featuring Patti Austin)
  4. “Give Me the Night” – 5:01
  5. “What’s on Your Mind” – 4:02
  6. “Dinorah, Dinorah” – 3:39
  7. “Love Dance” – 3:18
  8. “Star of a Story (X)” – 4:42
  9. “Midnight Love Affair” – 3:31
  10. “Turn Out the Lamplight” – 4:43

George Benson – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 7-10), guitar (1-5, 8, 9, 10), lead guitar (6), scat (6)
Lee Ritenour – guitar (2, 4, 5, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (7), rhythm arrangements (7), electric guitar (10)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (1, 2, 3, 10), synthesizers (2, 3), Fender Rhodes (6)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (4, 5, 8)
Herbie Hancock – electric piano (4), synthesizers (6, 7, 9), synthesizer programming (6, 8, 9), Fender Rhodes (7, 8)
Richard Tee – synthesizer bass (4), electric piano (5), synthesizers (8, 9, 10)
Clare Fischer – Yamaha CS30 (6), acoustic piano (6), Fender Rhodes (6)
George Duke – keyboards (9)
Louis Johnson – bass guitar (1, 2, 6, 10)
Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
John Robinson – drums (1-6, 8, 10)
Carlos Vega – drums (7, 9)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1, 2, 4, 5–8, 10)
Kim Hutchcroft – saxophone and flute (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9)
Larry Williams – saxophone and flute (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9)
Jerry Hey – trumpet (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9), horn arrangements (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9), string arrangements (1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
David Foster – string arrangements (1)
Quincy Jones – rhythm arrangements (2-10), vocal arrangements (5, 8, 9), synthesizer arrangements (8)
Rod Temperton – rhythm arrangements (2, 4), vocal arrangements (4)
Marty Paich – string arrangements and conductor (3, 8)
Sid Sharp – concertmaster (1-6, 8)
Patti Austin – backing vocals (1, 4, 6, 8, 10), lead vocals (3)
Tom Bahler– backing vocals (1, 4, 8, 10), BGV arrangements (10)
Jocelyn Brown – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
Diva Gray – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
Michael McDonald – backing vocals (Uncredited)

Tuesday 4/13/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Candy Dulfer – Saxuality (1990)

Saxuality is the debut album by Dutch alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Some versions of the album include the worldwide hit single “Lily Was Here” with Dave Stewart. Released June 8, 1990

The mainly instrumental album debuted on No. 4 in the Dutch album chart and was certified Gold. The album peaked at No. 22 on the US Billboard 200, No. 27 in the UK Albums Chart and sold in excess of one million copies worldwide. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. The album was promoted by a tour in Europe and the United States.

  1. “Lily Was Here” (with Dave Stewart) 4:21
  2. “Pee Wee” 3:50
  3. “Saxuality” 4:12
  4. “So What” 5:00
  5. “Jazzid” 4:21
  6. “Heavenly City” 4:08
  7. “Donja” 5:18
  8. “There Goes the Neighbourhood” 3:55
  9. “Mr. Lee” 4:57
  10. “Get the Funk” 4:15
  11. “Home Is Not a House” 4:11
  12. “Lily Was Here (DNA Remix)” (with Dave Stewart) 4:27

Candy Dulfer – saxophone, keyboards, vocals
Hans Dulfer – tenor saxophone
Fred Anindjola – keyboards
Bobby Van De Berg – keyboards
Dave Stewart – guitar
Ulco Bed – guitar, keyboards, drum programming, synth bass
Michel Van Schie – bass guitar
Dimitri Veltkamp – bass guitar
Edwin Rath – drums
Frans Hendrix – percussion, programming
Martino Latupeirissa – percussion
Patricia Balrak – backing vocals
Wies Ingwersen – backing vocals
Hugh Kanza – backing vocals

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Spyro Gyra – Collection (1991)

Collection is the fifteenth and debut compilation album by Spyro Gyra, released in 1991. The album cover showed a couple of fairies above a city with flowers.

The first two tracks are new recordings. “Mallet Ballet” is a live recording from a 1979 promo EP. “Harbor Nights” is from the live album Access All Areas. The remaining tracks are the original studio versions.

1. “You Can Count On Me” (Tom Schuman) – 3:27
2. “What Exit” (Julio Fernandez) – 3:40
3. “Nu Sungo” (Manolo Badrena) – 4:10
4. “The Unknown Soldier” (Jay Beckenstein) – 5:16
5. “Morning Dance” (Jay Beckenstein) – 3:57
6. “Old San Juan” (Jay Beckenstein) – 6:41
7. “Shakedown” (Jeremy Wall) – 4:22
8. “Mallet Ballet” (Jeremy Wall) – 6:15
9. “Catching the Sun” (Jay Beckenstein) – 4:41
10. “Para ti Latino” (Oscar Cartaya) – 4:15
11. “Incognito” (Tom Schuman) – 5:56
12. “Harbor Nights” (Jay Beckenstein) – 6:52
13. “Limelight” (Dave Samuels) – 4:27
14. “Breakout: (Jeremy Wall) – 4:37