Hometown: Springfield, Ma.
Left handed, prefers stick shift over automatic, cake over pie, woman over man, sunset over sunrise, chicken over pork, night over day, wine over beer, fall over summer, Mary-Ann over Ginger, paper over plastic, cash over credit, Music over TV...
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In retrospect, the Nat King Cole of his era.
Master of versatility. He's got his own record label, BPM (Big Piano Music), and he's minding the classics on his latest, "In a Mellow Tone".
If you look at just the pure vocals, which is what I do, she has a style and lyrical charisma that would make you think she's working very hard to produce the sound you hear. And yet, she's standing there, singing, as naturally as does a bird fly.
Earth, Wind, & Fire
Long past their hey-day, but still one of the greatest bands ever. Musicianship, originality, positive focus.
They've been at it for about 30 years. I only found out about them 20 years ago. Quite possibly the greatest band most people have never heard of. My purpose in life is to make Incognito and many others a household name. Maysa Leaks is a whole different topic, although she's the lead singer with the group.
Grover Washington, Jr.
Reed Seed. Recorded with a little known R&B band of the day, called, "Locksmith". He would also record, "Live at the Bijou" with the same group.
Ponty was at critical mass when he recorded this masterpiece, right around 1980. What a band he had assembled. Rayford Griffin on drums. Baron Brown on bass. Some amazing pieces on there. Maybe not for everyone, but try and envision the fact that these are real people playing real instruments. If you've ever picked up any instrument and tried to produce a note, you can appreciate what these guys accomplish.
Maybe the best jazz album ever. In my opinion, this one is very close.
Jeff Lorber Fusion
Great rhythms and interaction. Plus, the start of saxaphonist, Kenny G.
Grover Washington, Jr.
Grover is in rare form on this recording, which also features bass work by a young Mr. Marcus Miller.
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