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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Caesar Frazier - Just a little bit longer 1978

Caesar Frazier started playing piano at age five. After hearing the organ stylings of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, Jimmy McGriff and Booker T. Jones of the MG’S, he was forever attracted to the enormous sounds of the Hammond Organ. By age fifteen, Caesar began playing with a variety of R&B, Blues and Jazz bands. However, he was most attracted to the more complex and sophisticated stylings of Jazz.
After graduating from high school, Caesar attended Florida A&M University, earning a degree in music education. Throughout his tenure at Florida A&M, he formed and played in numerous bands, earning money to cover college cost. In 1967,while in college, along with his organ trio, he made appearances on the Ted Mack television show.
After graduating from Florida A& M University, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana on the advice of a college musician friend, where he would start an organ quartet performing on the very active local music scene and touring the mid-west jazz club circuit.
It was in 1971 that Caesar’s relationship with Lou Donaldson began. A former member of Lou’s band heard Caesar at a Jazz club in Indianapolis and immediately called Lou and told him that he had heard a young organist that he would be interested in bringing into his band. From that introduction began a relationship and bond that would be everlasting.
It was Lou that made the call and connections that would start Caesar’s recording career as a Jazz / Funk organist and vocalist. Over the years, Caesar recorded numerous instrumental and vocal albums.
One of them was in 1978 on Westbound Records entitled “Another Life”. Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation. Arranged by Mike Theodore, Caesar Frazier and David Van De Pitte. Produced by Mike Theodore, Caesar Frazier and Bernie Mendelson. From this album I have chosen wonderful track entitled “Just a little bit longer”. Composed by himself.

After leaving Lou’s band, Caesar joined the Marvin Gaye orchestra as keyboardist, touring the mega concert venues.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

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