Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the theme this week is naughty but nice. The music is sultry, passionate, sensual, seductive. The selections are real mood setters.
So, dim the lights, throw another log on the fireplace, and let’s get started.
I recall Wolfman Jack talking about Barry White on the old Midnight Special program he often hosted in the 70’s. The gravelly voiced Wolfman said that he and Wolfwoman (his wife) would always buy two of the same copies of a Barry White album so they wouldn’t have to get up and change the record.
White formed the 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973 in San Pedro, California, to back him up and Love Unlimited, a trio of female singers. The orchestra also recorded many solo albums.
The “White Gold” album in 1974 went gold and peaked at #28 on the Billboard album chart.
One of the developers of the “Philly Sound” that we featured last week was Major Harris. The son of a guitarist and a church choir leader, Harris sang with doo-wop and R&B groups before joining the Delfonics. He left in 1974 to go solo.
Harris’ “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” went to Number Five on Billboard’s Hot 100. He died in 2012 at the age of 65.
Saxophonist Euge Groove recorded this remake on this, his 7th album.
“The number seven is a very powerful and significant number. God rested on the seventh day, there are seven wonders of the ancient world, seven celestial bodies visible to the naked eye, and many other miraculous instances of the number seven throughout history. On my 7th, I’m hoping that listeners will hear the evolution and growth in my music,” he said.
Next up, saxophonist Boney James and guest trumpeter Rick Braun, two of the premier artists in contemporary jazz.
One online reviewer remarked “people turn to saxophonist Boney James to do one thing: create sultry audio backdrops well suited for mingling, small talk, and romantic notions.”
On this track you’ll notice the interplay between James’s tenor sax and Braun’s flügelhorn.
What an incredible career Tom Scott has managed over 45 years. There have been Grammy nominations and awards, dozens of solo recordings, film score compositions, directing the music for the Academy Awards and Emmy Awards, and tours of five continents.
Scott has composed more than a half-dozen film scores and served as musical director for the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards and other TV and network specials.
The following video is visually a dud. But the music is ideal for lovers.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend and Valentine’s Day.
A few summers ago this quartet released an album that included their rendition of a 70’s hit by Earth, Wind, and Fire.