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Gears/Forever Taurus
     

Gears/Forever Taurus

by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
 
This Beat Goes On two-fer assembles a pair of Johnny "Hammond" Smith's classic mid-'70s crossover efforts. The creative zenith of Smith's jazz-funk pursuits, Gears pairs the veteran keyboardist with the sibling production duo of Larry and Fonce Mizell, whose shimmering, sun-kissed

Overview

This Beat Goes On two-fer assembles a pair of Johnny "Hammond" Smith's classic mid-'70s crossover efforts. The creative zenith of Smith's jazz-funk pursuits, Gears pairs the veteran keyboardist with the sibling production duo of Larry and Fonce Mizell, whose shimmering, sun-kissed sensibilities perfectly complement the profoundly deep grooves. Bolstered by fusion all-stars including Harvey Mason, Jerry Peters, and Hadley Caliman, Smith strips his performance of all pretense and artifice, forging lean, sinuous solos that ascend into the stratosphere. Mizell trademarks including wah-wah guitars, danceclub-ready rhythms, and celestial backing vocals further embellish the record's cinematic grandeur. Smith teamed with another sibling production tandem, Wade and Ralph Marcus, for the follow-up Forever Taurus. The handoff is virtually seamless, and for all of the album's commercial appeal, it still boasts the harmonic innovation and melodic beauty of Smith's most persuasive efforts. Rotating between electric piano, ARP synthesizer, and his namesake Hammond organ, Smith contributes some of his fiercest and funkiest solos, riding the crest of sublimely textured grooves as evocative as titles like "Cosmic Voyager," "Walk in Sunshine," and "Ghetto Samba" promise.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1992
Label:
Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC:
0029667273725
catalogNumber:
37
Rank:
101468

Tracks

  1. Tell Me What to Do
  2. Los Conquistadores Chocolates
  3. Lost on 23rd Street
  4. Fantasy
  5. Shifting Gears
  6. Can't We Smile?
  7. Old Devil Moon
  8. Countdown
  9. Walk in Sunshine
  10. Ghetto Samba
  11. Cosmic Voyager
  12. My Ship
  13. Winds of Change
  14. Forever Taurus

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny "Hammond" Smith   Primary Artist
John Hammond   Guitar,Vocals
John Abercrombie   Guitar
Dorothy Ashby   Harp
Hadley Caliman   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Collette   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Vibes
Johnny Hammond   Organ,Synthesizer,Conductor,Electric Piano,Track Performer
Julian Priester   Trombone
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Roger Glenn   Flute,Vibes
Bill Summers   Percussion
Kenneth Nash   Percussion
Wade Marcus   Conductor
Ray Obiedo   Guitar
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Thomas Buffum   Violin
David Campbell   Viola
Charles Veal   Violin,Concert Master
Rollice Dale   Viola
Assa Drori   Violin
Tony Dumas   Bass
Scott Edwards   Electric Bass
Richard Feves   Acoustic Bass
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Frederick Seykora   Cello
James Gadson   Drums
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Harris Goldman   Violin
Janice Gower   Violin
Terry Harrington   Tenor Saxophone
Marlo Henderson   Synthesizer
Selene Hurford   Cello
Carl LaMagna   Violin
Robert Lipsett   Violin
Charles Loper   Trombone
Joy Lyle   Violin
Steve Madaio   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Harvey Mason   Drums
Lew McCreary   Bass Trombone
Craig McMullen   Guitar
Fonce Mizell   Clavinet
Larry Mizell   solina
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Peters   Piano,Electric Piano
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
John Rowin   Guitar
Harry Shultz   Cello
Sigidi   Conductor
Ron Steen   Drums
Marcia Van Dyke   Violin
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Michael White   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Snooky Young   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Mayuto Correa   Percussion,scratching
Sonny Burke   Electric Piano,Clavinet
Arthur Royval   Viola
Cat Heads   Conga
Henry E. Davis   Electric Bass
Carl Randall   Tenor Saxophone
Albert Hall   Trombone

Technical Credits

Johnny Hammond   Arranger,Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger,Producer
Kevin Beamish   Remixing
David Hassinger   Remixing
Jerry Hudgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Executive Producer
Fonce Mizell   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Larry Mizell   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jim Nipar   Remixing
Greg Venable   Engineer
Eddie Bill Harris   Engineer
Jeff Sanders   Contributor
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Ralph Marcus   Producer

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