Don Blackman

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Don Blackman could never be accused of clogging the bins with his own records. Prior to this 1982 debut for GRP -- the songwriter/keyboardist/vocalist's lone LP until 2002 -- he was quite visible, though only as a desired touring and session hand, with connections to Parliament/Funkadelic, Lenny White/Twennynine, and Weldon Irvine. At this point in his career, he was riding high on the successes of Twennynine's "Peanut Butter" and Bernard Wright's "Haboglabotribin'," two monstrously funky cuts he penned and was spotlighted on. He seemed to approach the first opportunity to flex on his own as if he was on a mission -- his self-titled album is as phenomenal as anything else ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Don Blackman could never be accused of clogging the bins with his own records. Prior to this 1982 debut for GRP -- the songwriter/keyboardist/vocalist's lone LP until 2002 -- he was quite visible, though only as a desired touring and session hand, with connections to Parliament/Funkadelic, Lenny White/Twennynine, and Weldon Irvine. At this point in his career, he was riding high on the successes of Twennynine's "Peanut Butter" and Bernard Wright's "Haboglabotribin'," two monstrously funky cuts he penned and was spotlighted on. He seemed to approach the first opportunity to flex on his own as if he was on a mission -- his self-titled album is as phenomenal as anything else his contemporaries were producing at the time (George Duke in particular), elegantly merging styles and adding new dimensions with each passing track. Beginning with a call-and-response P-Funk-style roof shaker, Blackman and friends then roll into a pair of tender midtempo grooves, where the leader's sweet and easy voice shines as brightly as his tickling touches of piano and keyboard. (Do check Lenny White/Twennynine's "Best of Friends" for a precursor to these highlights.) The first side is closed out with one of the album's heaviest moments; neither kicking horns nor grinding guitar riffs are out of place. Side two is almost the equal of the first, bounding just as freely between gritty and smooth numbers. Blackman would continue to be valuable to others throughout the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, but this is his greatest achievement, a happy-spirited, genre-blending affair that can enrich the lives of those who hear it. Can you hear it, though? That's the question. The album has remained scarce, though intermittent bootlegs and reissues (including Expansion's legit 2006 issue) have popped up throughout the years. Nevertheless, many of its components have been sampled by producers of rap and downtempo house alike. So you've probably heard some of it, but not nearly enough, and you most certainly need the full effect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2006
  • Label: Expansion Uk
  • EAN: 5019421401421
  • Catalog Number: 14

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Blackman Primary Artist
Ronnie Cuber Horn Section
Jon Faddis Horn Section
Alex Foster Horn Section
David Nadien Concert Master
Sekou Bunch Hand Clapping
Poogie Bell Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
David Blackman Hand Clapping
Dave Grusin Conductor
Larry DeCarmine Hand Clapping
Kevin Grady Bass
Ronald Dean Miller Background Vocals
George Opalisky Horn Section
Lloyd David Foster Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Weldon Irvine Arranger, Composer
Don Blackman Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements
Dave Grusin Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Larry Rosen Producer, Engineer
Ollie Cotton Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Steve Ettinger Engineer
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