Wilton Felder – Nocturnal Moods (1992)

FrontCover1Wilton Lewis Felder (August 31, 1940 – September 27, 2015) was an American saxophone and bass player, and is best known as a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, later known as The Crusaders.

Felder was born in Houston, Texas and studied music at Texas Southern University. Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, and Stix Hooper founded their group while in high school in Houston. The Jazz Crusaders evolved from a straight-ahead jazz combo into a pioneering jazz-rock fusion group, with a definite soul music influence. Felder worked with the original group for over thirty years, and continued to work in its later versions, which often featured other founding members.

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Felder also worked as a West Coast studio musician, mostly playing electric bass, for various soul and R&B musicians, and was one of the in-house bass players for Motown Records, when the record label opened operations in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. He played on recordings by the Jackson 5 such as “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and “The Love You Save”, as well as recordings by Marvin Gaye including “Let’s Get It On” and “I Want You”. He also played bass for soft rock groups like Seals and Crofts. Also of note were his contributions to the John Cale album Paris 1919, Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic (1974), and Billy Joel’s Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade albums. He was one of three bass players on Randy Newman’s Sail Away (1972) and Joan Baez’ Diamonds & Rust. Felder also anchored albums from Grant Green, Joni Mitchell and Michael Franks.

Wilton Felder05His album Secrets, which prominently featured Bobby Womack on vocals, reached No. 77 in the UK Albums Chart in 1985. The album featured the minor hit, “(No Matter How High I Get) I’ll Still be Looking Up to You”, sung by Womack and Alltrinna Grayson.

Felder played a King Super 20 tenor sax with a metal 105/0 Berg Larsen mouthpiece. He also used Yamaha saxes. He played a Fender Telecaster Bass, and also played Aria bass guitars.

Felder died in 2015 at his home in Whittier, California from multiple myeloma.[1] He was 75. (wikipedia)

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This is his 7th solo album

It is strange that none of tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder’s solo releases are very significant, for he was an important part of the Jazz Crusaders’ (and later Crusaders’) sound. On his derivative and poppish date, Felder emulates Grover Washington, Jr. (but without the sincerity and drive), the electronic background is propelled by a drum machine, and there are many simple rhythmic vamps disguised as “originals.” Ironically, Felder is the least important element to the dance date; the drum machine rules. (by Scott Yanow)

A nearly perfect Smooth Jazz alum from this period of music !

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Personnel:
Wali Ali (guitar on 07. – 09.)
Wilton Felder (saxophone, bass)
Rob Mullins (keybopards on 02., 03. + 09.)
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Mayouto Correa (percussion on 05.)
Lenny Williams (vocals on 06.)
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background vocals:
Augie Johnson – KeEsha Bell – Phillip Ingram

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Tracklist:
01. Feel So Much Better (Gill) 4.59
02. Night Moves (Felder) 5.34
03. Southern Pearl (Felder) 5.20
04. If I Knew Then, What I Know Now (Graham/Glass) 3.52
05. Sugar Loaf (Felder) 4.45
06. Love Steps (Ingram/Henderson) 5.53
07. Out Of Sight, Not Out Of Mind (Mabry) 3.59
08. Since I Fell For You (Johnson) 5.00
09. Music Of The Night (Hart/Stilgue/Webber) 6.28

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (1993)

FrontCover1Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised Tom Petty (lead singer, guitar), Mike Campbell (lead guitarist), Ron Blair (bass guitar), Stan Lynch (drums), and Benmont Tench (keyboards). In 1981, Blair, weary of the touring lifestyle, departed the band. His replacement, Howie Epstein, stayed with the band for the next two decades. In 1991, Scott Thurston joined the band as a multi-instrumentalist—mostly on rhythm guitar and second keyboards. In 1994, Steve Ferrone replaced Lynch on drums. Blair returned to the Heartbreakers in 2002, the year before Epstein’s death. The band had a long string of hit singles including “Breakdown”, “American Girl”, “Refugee”, “The Waiting”, “Learning to Fly”, and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, among many others, that stretched over several decades of work.

The band in 1977:
from left: Mike Campbell, Ron Blair, Tom Petty, Stan Lynch, and Benmont Tench:
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The band’s music was characterized as both Southern rock and heartland rock, cited alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and John Mellencamp as progenitors of that genre that arose in the late 1970s and 1980s. While the heartland rock movement waned in the 1990s, the band remained active and popular, touring regularly until Petty’s death in 2017, after which the Heartbreakers disbanded. Their final studio album, Hypnotic Eye, was released in 2014.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility. Although most of their material was produced and performed under the name “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers”, Petty released three solo albums, the most successful of which was Full Moon Fever (1989). In these releases, some members of the band contributed as collaborators, producing and performing as studio musicians.

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Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1993. It is Petty’s best-selling album to date and was certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA on April 28, 2015. The single “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” became one of Petty’s most popular songs, reaching No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The other new song on the album is a cover of the Thunderclap Newman hit “Something in the Air”. The album contains no songs from 1987’s Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough). However, three songs from Petty’s 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever were included.

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On its original release in November 1993, the album debuted at No. 8 on Billboard 200, and first peaked at No. 5 on the chart in February 1994. It reached a new peak of No. 2 following Petty’s death in 2017.

The new tracks “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “Something in the Air” were the band’s last recordings with drummer Stan Lynch. (wikipedia)

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Greatest Hits is a lean yet complete overview of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ biggest singles from their first prime. Sure, it’s possible to pinpoint a few great songs missing, but the group had a lot of great songs during the late ’70s and ’80s. This rounds up the biggest hits from that era, and in doing so, it turns into a succinct summary of the band at the top of its game. Everything from “American Girl” to “Free Fallin'” is included, with 18 tracks proving that Petty was one of the best rockers of his time. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Ron Blair (bass on 01. – 08.)
Mike Campbell (guitar, bass, keyboards, squeeze box)
Howie Epstein (bass, background vocals on 10. – 12, 15.-18.)
Stan Lynch (drums, percussion, background vocals on 01. – 11., 15. – 18.)
Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion)
Benmont Tench (keyboards, background vocals on 01. – 11., 15. – 18.)
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Dean Garcia (bass on 11.)
George Harrison (guitar, background vocals on 12.)
Phil Jones (drums, percussion on 12. – 14.)
Jeff Jourard (guitar on 02.)
Jim Keltner (percussion on 05.)
Jeff Lynne (bass, guitar, guitar synthesizer, keyboards, background vocals on 12. – 16.)
Daniel Rothmuller (cello on 11.)
Phil Seymour (background vocals on 01. + 02.)
David A. Stewart (sitar, keyboards, background vocals on 11.)
Chris Trujillo (percussion on 17. + 18.)
Alan “Bugs” Weidel (piano on 11.)
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background vocals on 11.:
Sharon Celani – Marilyn Martin – Stephanie Sprull

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Tracklist:
01. American Girl (Petty) (from: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976) 3.33
02. Breakdown (Petty) (from: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976) 2.43
03. Listen To Her Heart (Petty) (from: You’re Gonna Get It!, 1978) 3.03
04. I Need To Know (Petty) (from: You’re Gonna Get It!, 1978) 2.23
05. Refugee (Petty/Campbell) (from: Damn The Torpedoes, 1979) 3.22
06. Don’t Do Me Like That (Petty) (from: Damn The Torpedoes. 1979) 2.42
07. Even The Losers (Petty) (from: Damn The Torpedoes, 1979) 3.38
08. Here Comes My Girl (Petty/Campbell) (from: Damn The Torpedoes) 4.25
09. The Waiting (Petty) (from: Hard Promises, 1981) 3.59
10. You Got Lucky (Petty/Campbell) (from: Long After Dark, 1982) 3.36
11. Don’t Come Around Here No More (Petty/Stewart) (from: Southern Accents, 1985) 5.04
12. I Won’t Back Down (Petty/Lynne) (from:  Full Moon Fever, 1989) 2.57
13. Runnin’ Down A Dream (Petty/Lynne/Campbell) (from: Full Moon Fever, 1989) 4.23
14. Free Fallin’ (Petty/Lynne) (from: Full Moon Fever, 1989) 4.15
15. Learning To Fly (Petty/Lynne) (from: Into the Great Wide Open, 1991) 4.02
16. Into The Great Wide Open (Petty/Lynne) (from: Into the Great Wide Open, 1991) 3.44
17. Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Petty) (new song) 4.33
18. Something In The Air (Keen) (new song) 3.18

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