Soul Fantasy

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sylver Lee Cole - Hot seat 1978



This album is a private disco/soul. It was recorded and mixed at Startrack Recording Studio, Hollywood, California entitled "Images of love" in 1978. It was released on Rose's Records.
The musicians were Ira Hirschel on piano, Evan Caplan on drums, Scott Edwards on bass, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion, Pat Rizzo on saxophone, Ollie Mitchell on trumpet, Brian Levi, Lee King and Joe Dennison on guitars. Strings arranged by Hal Brooks. Horns arranged by Pat Rizzo. Produced by Brian Levi & Peter Pulver.
I have chosen the great track with a sublime sax entitled "Hot seat". Enjoy it.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bruce Murray - Who, what, when, where, why 1978



The younger brother of country star Anne Murray, Bruce learned piano from an early age and became his church's organist at the age of 11. After graduating from college, he moved from Nova Scotia, Canada, to Toronto. He released a self-titled album in 1975. Then he toured with Olivia Newton-John.
In 1978 he released single entitled "Who, what, when, where, why" on Columbia Records. Composed by the great Rupert Holmes (first recording in 1976) . Produced Bob Gallo.




Next year he released an album entitled "There's always a goodbye" on Columbia Records in 1979. Also he has sung many times for his sister as backing vocalist.


Note: The above posted single is not played in full.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jeff Stuart - Now it's the time



One more record from the Ohio scene. Jeff Stuart was an unknown singer. I consider Ohio one of the most interested independent soul scenes during mid 70s to mid 80s. It was recorded and released on Jewel Records. Arranged and produced by Jr Bennett. Composed by himself.



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Did Jeff Stuart release any other records? If you know then please email me at the address above.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Little Night Music - Late One Night 1983 Lp



The Band has been changing often personnel since 1975. At that time when Jack Marshall and Dave Meade left the group, Bert Pittman and Scott Morris joined the Band. Bert blessed us with his bass, voice and many productive hours in the studio. And Scott’s depth and precision as a percussionist has launched the group into a different musical league altogether. However vocalist Nate Pruit and guitarist Rick Vandivier gained attention of the group (A Little Night Music) along with pianist Ed Manning. One more member was sax player Bob Johnson. The group appeared at a number of international jazz festivals. They recorded two albums entitled “Late one night” in 1983 and “Sitting ducks” in 1985.
The 1983 album was recorded at the Music Annex, Menlo Park, California. The group was helped by artists such as Patti Cathcart on vocals, Matt Finders on trombone, Ed Smith on percussion, Dave Silliman on congas, bells, triangle, vibra-slap and Leslie Heeter on claps.
Produced and arranged by Ed Manning and Rick Vandivier.




I chose two wonderful soul/jazz tracks entitled "There will come a day" and "Home is in your arms".







At the same time, Rick Vandivier and Nate Pruit as a duet formed jazz group. In 1994 they took the name “Primary Colors”.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Andrea Cheolas - Walk his way 1985



This ultra rare Lp was recorded at Polaris Studios, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Andrea Cheolas is a Canadian female singer and keyboard player. She released this soul/jazz album entitled "People Mover" on Polaris Records in 1985. The musicians were Chris Snyder and Gord Johnson on electric bass, Ted Thomas and Kent McMillan on drums, Marcus Belgrave on Flugel Horn, Ray Manzerole on sax, Joseph Loduca and Vic Bortolon on guitars, Sundiata Keita on percussion. All music and lyrics composed by herself. Arranged by Tom Borshuk, Chris Snyder and Andrea Cheolas. Produced by Tom Borshuk and Andrea Cheolas.



I chose a track entitled "Walk his way".



Note: The above posted track is not played in full.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chuck Cissel - If I had the chance 1982 Lp



Charles "Chuck" Cissel is an American singer and dancer. Cissel was a musical child prodigy in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In his 20s he moved to New York and became a fixture on Broadway, most notably in the long running musical, A Chorus Line. He was later signed by Larkin Arnold to a recording contract with Arista Records, which at that time was not known as a home for soul artists.
In 1979 Cissel recorded 1st album entitled “Just for you” 1980 R&B#39, with Skip Scarborough and David Crawford on production. Three years later Cissel recorded 2nd album entitled “If I had The Chance”, but this time without having the success of the 1st album. However most of the musicians are great. Paul Jackson Jr, David T. Walker, Wali Ali and Marlo Henderson on guitar, Donald Griffin , James Jamerson and Nathan East on bass, John Barnes and Benjamin Wright Jr on keyboards, Paulinho Da Costa and Jimy Maelen on percussion. Gerald Albright on saxophone, Raymond L.Brown on trumpet, Ed Greene on drums. Marva King vocal on "If I had The Chance" duet with Cissel. Produced by John Barnes, Benjamin Wright Jr and Kenny Nolan.



I have chosen two tracks entitled "Night Miracles" and "All I see is you".





He continued, however, to provide backing vocals on other artists' albums. Cissel later became the Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in Tulsa. In 2003, he recorded an album of classic jazz standards.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jeffra - Caught you 1983


Jeffra is unknown singer from Oakland, California. She recorded this private album at Nash Studio Oakland, California. It was released by Lovintide production. All the tracks was composed by herself. The musicians are unknown. Paul Van Wageningen on drums, Rich Gerard on bass, Peter Maunu on guitar, Andy Narell on piano and Larry Schneider on sax. Produced by Kenneth Nash. Arranged by Kenneth Nash and Andy Narell.



Enjoy the great track entitled "Caught you".



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Infinity - Spread the word 1984 Lp



Infinity was an obscure gospel/soul group. They had many personnel changes in its many years as group. The members were Rodney Bell on vocals, electric and accoustic piano, George Brooks on Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Bob Castro on drums and percussion, Dino Ciccone on vocals, Billy R.Kemp on bass and guitar, Charles Lothlen III on vocals and percussion, Leonard Lothlen on vocals, bass and guitar, George Vasquez on Sound enjineer. This great album was recorded at M&S Studios in San Francisco, California. Other musicians participated such as Glen Appell on trumpet, Charles R.Webb on organ, Melvin Seals on electric and accoustic piano, Bruce Guijda on guitar and Rich Hubbard on electric piano.
It was released in 1984 on Message Records. Produced by Bob Olsen. Executive producers by Infinity. Post production coordinator by Karvin Johnson (He was lead singer of the groups Halo and Gemini). All horn arrangement by George Brooks.
I chose three great tracks entitled "Peace and harmony", "All the way with the lord" and "Tell the world about it".










Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Monday, October 5, 2009

Idris Muhammad - Make it count 1980 Lp


Idris Muhammad (born November 13, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana)is a jazz drummer. He was born Leo Morris on November 13, 1939 before changing his name in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. He is known for his funky playing style. He has released a number of albums as leader, and has played with a number of jazz legends including Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Pharoah Sanders and Grover Washington, Jr. He has been touring and recording with pianist Ahmad Jamal since 1995. At 15 years-old, one of Muhammad's earliest recorded sessions as a drummer was on Fats Domino's 1956 smash hit Blueberry Hill. In 1966, he married Dolores "LaLa" Brooks (former member of the Crystals; she converted to Islam with him and went for a time under the name Sakinah Muhammad). They separated in 1999.

In 1980 he released album entitled "Make it count" on Fantasy Records. It was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Many great artists participated such as Jerry Hey, Larry Hall and Bill Reichenbach on horns, Roland Bautista on guitar, Nathaniel Phillips on bass, Claytoven on vocals.
Arranged by Herb Jimmerson. Produced by Phil Kaffel and Herb Jimmerson. Background vocals by Maxine Waters Willard, Julia Waters Tillman and Clydene Jackson. I chose two great tracks entitled "I believe in you" and "Don't fight the feeling".






Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Biography by wikipedia

Friday, October 2, 2009

Peabo Bryson - Why don't you make up your mind 1981



Such is the case with PEABO BRYSON. Around 1981, Capitol Records asked executive producer Johnny Pate to shift through tapes of material which PEABO had recorded several years ago, but had never been released . Johnny found so many exceptional songs, we had a difficult time choosing those to appear on this album but after much deliberation, ten gems were finally selected. One of them is the exceptional “Why don’t you make up your mind”. Composed by himself. Produced by himself.



This album is not rare and is not expensive. But this track is one of my favorite. Also I would like to thank Nicolas Drosos who brought this great track to my attention several years ago. Afterwards I bought this album.