Gears/Forever Taurus

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1992
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667273725
  • Catalog Number: 37
  • Sales rank: 74,024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tell Me What to Do (5:16)
  2. 2 Los Conquistadores Chocolates (5:56)
  3. 3 Lost on 23rd Street (6:36)
  4. 4 Fantasy (6:06)
  5. 5 Shifting Gears (5:19)
  6. 6 Can't We Smile? (4:35)
  7. 7 Old Devil Moon (4:32)
  8. 8 Countdown (4:46)
  9. 9 Walk in Sunshine (4:33)
  10. 10 Ghetto Samba (5:38)
  11. 11 Cosmic Voyager (4:41)
  12. 12 My Ship (3:22)
  13. 13 Winds of Change (3:33)
  14. 14 Forever Taurus (9:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Primary Artist
John Hammond Jr. 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 Sr. 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
(Ex) Cat Heads Conga
Henry E. Davis Electric Bass
Carl Randall Jr. 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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