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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blue Mitchell - Summer Soft 1978 Lp

What can I say for him ? Blue Mitchell was a great trumpet player. He was one of the best melodic players. He was unlucky, because he died in an early age. He was born in Miami on March 1930 and he died in Los Angeles on May 21, 1979 from cancer. I could say that today he would have been  the biggest trumpet player in the world if he had the opportunity to show more of his talent. He released 27 albums and he collaborated with other artists for over 60 albums. However, I will focus on the album which was in fact the last one in his career. The album entitled "Summer Soft" was released in 1978 on ABC Impulse Records.  It must have been 1997 or 1998 when I acquired this album. I bought it in Athens and it kept me company for many nights.

It was recorded at ABC Recording Studios, Los Angeles in 1977, CA. Many great artists accompanied Blue Mitchell on the album. Some of them were Harold Land, Herman Riley and Eddie Harris on sax, Richard Tee, Cedar Walton and Bobby Lyle on piano, Lee Ritenour on guitar, James Gadson on drums and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion. Background vocals by Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters and Luther Waters. Produced by Esmond Edwards.

Harold Land on sax

I have chosen two tracks entitled "Summer Soft" and "30 Degrees to the wind".
 "Summer Soft" original recording by Stevie Wonder. It was written by Stevie Wonder and was included on the album "Songs in the key of life". Harold Land plays saxophone on both songs. I must mention at that time Blue Mitchell and Harold Land were playing together.
"30 Degrees to the wind" was written by Cedar Walton and Susan Brickell. Cedar Walton recorded this song for himself in 1981 on the album Cedar Walton Solo.

"Summer Soft" Sample

"30 Degrees to the wind" Sample

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gloria Bagwell - Hello baby

Ron Henderson Jr on stage

First of all, I want to thank Ron Henderson Jr. singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for all his info. 

Ron Henderson Jr and the late Duke Hall collaborated with Gloria Bagwell for a sort time. Although Gloria Bagwell had a great voice, she disappeared from the music scene. In the early 80s, Gloria released a single entitled "Hello baby / Can't be your lady" on Bill Jones Records. Both songs were produced by Duke Hall and Ron Henderson Jr.
The flip side "Can't be your lady" was written by Ron Henderson Jr. However the vinyl mentions the names of Ron Jr. and Duke Hall. Duke Hall used to put his name on the label as a songwriter.

This song is a funky sound like all the typical funky songs of the early 80s.

The other song of the vinyl "Hello baby" is a beautiful ballad. It is worthy to note that some people learnt from Dottie Pearson the song "Hello baby". I had the opportunity to mention Dottie Pearson when I presented my article about Ron Henderson Sr. on my blog. In 2006 the label Grapevine released a CD named "House made of love" by Dottie Pearson. In this CD, it was included the nice song "Hello baby" .

Dottie Pearson is more known today as the gospel star Dottie Peoples. I must mention that this version is not the first, because the first recording and release was by Gloria Bagwell.

"Hello Baby" was written by the late Duke Hall.

Except for the two versions of the "Hello Baby", there are two more by Cristi Zastrow and Ron Henderson Sr. Cristi was the girlfriend of Duke Hall. She was also singer of the group called Living Color in the late 70s. In 1987 Christi Zastrow  released a single as a solo singer entitled "Hello baby" on the label of Ron Henderson Sr.named Choice Cut Records. In fact this single is the last one of the label.
Ron Henderson Sr. recently recorded this song. You can hear it here.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full