Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #8: Columbia albums 1980

The inspiration for this Flashback is the inner sleeve Columbia Records used for their vinyl jazz/R&B releases in 1980.

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Playlist:


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Track 1: “Razor” by The David Chesky Band, from the album Rush Hour.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 48 4

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Produced by David Chesky
Keyboards – David Chesky
Bass – James (Fish) Benjamin
Congas, Percussion – Steve Kroon
Drums – Brian Brake
Guitar – Bill Washer, Joe Beck
Piano – Bob James
Violin, Lyricon – Michał Urbaniak
Flute – Mauricio Smith
Soprano Saxophone – Arnie Lawrence
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone – Lou Marini
Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Roger Rosenberg
Tenor Saxophone – Mike Brecker
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Sal Nistico
Trombone – Clint Sharman, Keith O’QuinnBass
Trombone – Dave Taylor
Trumpet – Danny Cahn, John Eckert, John Gatchell, Randy Brecker, Bob Millikan
Vocals – Jon Lind, Maurice White
Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide: not listed
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: not lsited

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Track 2: “Whisper Zone” by Ramsey Lewis, from the album Routes.  

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 7 36
Billboard 200 173 8
R&B 51 7

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Produced by Larry Dunn
Piano – Ramsey Lewis
Bass – Byron Miller
Drums – Ndugu Chancler
Electric Piano – Larry Dunn, Ramsey Lewis
Flugelhorn – Rahm Lee
Guitar – Al McKay
Percussion – Fred White, Paulinho Da Costa, Phillip Bailey
Saxophone – Donald Myrick
Trombone – Louis Satterfield
Trumpet – Michael Davis

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Track 3: “Family” by Hubert Laws, from the album Family.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 5 37
Billboard 200 133 13

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Produced by Hubert Laws
Flute, Piccolo, Backing Vocals – Hubert Laws
Vocals – Debra Laws
Backing Vocals – Angel Rogers
Bass – Nathan East
Drums – Leon “Ndugu” Chancler
Guitar – David T. Walker, Ron Muldrow
Piano – Bobby Lyle

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: not listed
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: not listed

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Track 4: “I Need You Now” by George Duke, from the album A Brazilian Love Affair.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 4 25
Billboard 200 119 9
R&B 40 13

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Produced by George Duke
Electric Piano, Second Lead Vocals, Synthesizer, Vibes – George Duke
First Lead Vocals – Simone
Bass – Byron Miller
Percussion – Sheila Escovedo
Drums – Ricky Lawson
Electric Guitar – Roland Bautista
Flugelhorn Solo – Jerry Hey
Vocals – Josie James, Lynn Davis

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Track 5: “A Dance for Your Thoughts” by David Liebman, from the album What It Is.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Did not chart

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Produced by Mike Mainieri
Saxophone – David Liebman
Bass – Marcus Miller
Congas – Don Alias
Drums – Steve Gadd
Piano – Kenny Kirkland
Guitar – John Scofield

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: not listed
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: not listed

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Track 6: “Just Around the Corner” by Herbie Hancock, from the album, Mr. Hands.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 4 31
Billboard 200 117 6
R&B 46 11

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Produced by David Rubinson & Friends, Inc. and Herbie Hancock
Keyboards – Herbie Hancock
Bass – Freddie Washington
Drums – Alphonse Mouzon
Guitar – Wah Wah Watson
Percussion – Sheila Escovedo

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Track 7: “Spanish Eyes” by Al Di Meola, from the album Splendido Hotel.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 8 27
Billboard 200 119 14

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Produced by Al Di Meola
Guitar – Al Di Meola
Bass – Anthony Jackson
Drums – Steve Gadd
Electric Guitar – Les Paul

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★★

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Track 8: “You/Me Together” by Stanley Clarke, from the album Rocks, Pebbles and Sand.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 5 23
Billboard 200 95 11
R&B 40 15

clarke

Produced by Stanley Clarke
Vocals, Bass – Stanley Clarke
Vocals – Marcy Levy
Drums, Percussion – Simon Phillips
Guitar – Charles Johnson
Keyboards –  Steve Bach

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★

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Track 9: “Star” by Maynard Ferguson, from the album It’s My Time.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 23 10
Billboard 200 188 2

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Produced by Bert De Coteaux
Trumpet – Maynard Ferguson
Guitar – Tom Rizzo
Bass – Lou Carfa
Drums – Roberto Petaccia
Keyboards – David Ramsay
Percussion  – Jimmy Maelen
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Mike Migliore
Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Alto Flute – Ed Maina
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Eric Traub
Trombone– Nick Lane, Ken Crane
Trumpet – Alan Wise, Mike Horbal, Rusty Barker, Stan Mark
Vocals – Deborah McDuffie, Krystal Davis, Yvonne Lewis

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: not listed
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★

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Track 10: “Beagle’s Boogie” by Joanne Brackeen, from the album Ancient Dynasty.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 35 4

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Produced by Bob James & Joe Jorgensen
Piano – JoAnne Brackeen
Bass – Eddie Gomez
Drums – Jack DeJohnette
Saxophone – Joe Henderson

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Track 11: “Windy City” by Rodney Franklin from his self-titled album.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 12 30
Billboard 200 207 1
R&B 62 3

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Produced by Thomas C. Washington
Piano – Rodney Franklin
Bass – Nathan East
Drums – Tony St. James
Guitar – Phil Upchurch
Percussion –  Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals – Audrey Franklin, Carmen Twillie, Marti McCall, Phyllis St. James

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Track 12: “I Can’t Stop” by Patti Austin, from the album Body Language.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 28 9
Billboard 200 208 2
R&B 62 4

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Produced by Creed Taylor
Vocals – Patti Austin
Backing Vocals – Ava Aldridge, Cindy Richardson, Marie Tomlinson Clark
Bass – David Hood
Drums – Roger Hawkins
Engineer – Steve Melton
Guitar – Duncan Cameron, Jimmy Johnson
Keyboards – Jeremy Wall, Randy McCormick
Percussion – Mickey Buckins
Alto Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion
Saxophone – Michael Brecker
Trombone – Jim Pugh
Trumpet – Randy Brecker

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: not listed
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Track 13: “Touch of Silk” by Eric Gale from the album Touch of Silk.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 12 31
Billboard 200 201 5

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Produced by Allen R. Toussaint
Guitar – Eric Gale
Bass – David Barard
Drums – James Black
Keyboards – Allen R. Toussaint
Percussion – Kenneth Williams

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: not listed
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★

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Track 14: “Carespin’ with Mamie” by Arthur Blythe, from the album Illusions.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 32 8

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Produced by Arthur Blythe and Jim Fishel
Alto Saxophone – Arthur Blythe
Cello – Abdul Wadud
Drums – Bobby Battle
Electric Guitar – James Blood Ulmer
Tuba – Bob Stewart

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★★

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Track 15: “Making Love” by Herbie Hancock, from the album Monster.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 29
Billboard 200 94 18
R&B 19 24

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Produced by David Rubinson & Friends, Inc. and Herbie Hancock
Keyboards – Herbie Hancock
Vocals – Greg Walker
Backing Vocals – The Waters (Julia, Luther, Maxine, Oren)
Bass – Freddie Washington
Drums – Alphonse Mouzon
Guitar – Wah Wah Watson
Percussion – Sheila Escovedo

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide:
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★

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Track 16: “Brighton by the Sea” by Bob James, from the album H.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 44
Billboard 200 47 18

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Produced by Bob James
Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer – Bob James
Soprano Saxophone – Grover Washington, Jr.
Bass – Gary King
Drums – Buddy Williams
Electric Guitar – Hiram Bullock

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide:
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

As always, thanks to Herc of Herc’s Hideaway for research assistance and support.

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