Trax feat. Esther Phillips, The O’Jay’s, Funky People, Deborah Cox

 

 

Scarred knees  –  Esther Phillips (Discovered by Johnny Otis & named after a Phillips gas/petrol station – Esther jumped musical hoops of Soul, Jazz, Blues and Gospel … from her first album on Kudu Records, a unit of CTI Records)

Unity  –  The O’Jay’s (With studio superstars MFSB as the backing band – Eddie Levert and company kept the world dancing and thinking with their message songs … or as one of their later album was titled ‘Message in the music’)

Everybody hustle  – Funky People (a pre-Brass Construction single that was co-produced by Jeff Lane & Randy Muller – both who were the producer and arranger of the first B.C. album … released on Roulette Records)

Easy as life  –  Deborah Cox (Canadian Deborah came prominence via Clive Davis’s Arista Records … her singles were remixed by David Morales, Hex Hector and other top Dj/Remixers … after becoming an independent artist – she did not forget her Dance/House/Garage fans)

Trax feat. Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock, K9, Sheer Bronze

 

 

Time after time  –  Cassandra Wilson (Cassandra is a Jazz singer however after hearing her Soulful rendition of the Cindy Lauper’s evergreen – i felt it had to be included … trak is featured on the ‘urban’ movie soundtrak “Brown Sugar” also on her solo album)

Stars in your eyes  –  Herbie Hancock (From one of the youngest musician who was assigned to the iconic Jazz label ‘Blue Note’ … Herbie crossed a variety musical boundaries including from Jazz into Orchestral Disco in the same vein of Barry White)

Dog talk  –  K9 Corps freaturing Petty C (George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic realised that a variety of Rap artists were using his ‘beats’ to have hit records and make a shed load of money, so he decided to show them he can Funk things up – with a Hip hop tip)

Walkin on  –  Sheer Bronze featuring Lisa Millet (Released on U.K.’s Go Beat Records … Lisa was credited on some but not all of this release – for further information www.lisamillet.com)

Trax feat. Jones Girls, Mavis Staples, Bernard Wright, Morten Trust

 

 

We are a melody  –  Jones Girls (Having been back-up singers for Diana Ross – the Girls signed on the dotted line with Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International … written by writing partners Dexter Wansel and Cynthia Biggs showcases their vocal talents)

 

Tonight i feel like dancing  –  Mavis Staples (After the demise of Stax Records where Mavis was primarily the lead vocalist of the family group – The Staple Singers … released on

Spinnin’  –  Bernard Wright (A child prodigy from Queen’s New York who played adult keyboard from aged 8 was later signed to Arista distriputed GRP Records … a snippet of this trak inspired ‘I wish – Skeelo’)

Love has come around  –  Morten Trust (Originally recorded ‘Donald Byrd & 125 Street N.Y.C. which he includes the address of the Apollo Theatre Harlem … released on the wonderful MoreHouse Records -morehouserecords.com)

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