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The Soul Arranger (Part three) - Jerry Peters
October 17, 2007 10:57 AM PDT
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The Soul Arranger (Part three)
Jerry Peters

Jerry Peters producer/arranger/songwriter. It's quite easy to focus on strings and horns when talking about great arrangers and Jerry was a master of both but I also must focus on Jerry mainly for his rhythm track arrangements. Jerry along with Keg Johnson, David Crawford and drummer Harvey Mason were much responsible for the classic 'Sylvers' sound on Pride/MGM records (btw Michael Viner of the Incredible Bongo Band was the executive producer on most of those albums, and as you can see by the track list I'm a big Sylvers fan). This line up is good proof that a great arranger needs a great team to make the real magic happen.
Jerry and Harvey moved over to Blue Note records in the mid 70's and dropped some of that magic alongside the Mizell brothers and others on many albums including "Gears' - Johnny Hammond.
His work with Brainstorm including vocal coaching produced one of my all time fave soul fusion joints 'Journey to the light'.
Marc Mac. peace....
long live good music.

Track list:
melinda Latino - Jerry Butler & Jerry Peters
If You Leave Me Now - Jerry Peters
Only One Can Win - Sylvers
Misdemeanor - Foster Sylvers
Check It Out - The Friends Of Destinction
I'm Gonna Love You Just.. - Jimmy Smith
Love Song - Jerry Peters
Never My Love - Gloria Lynne
I Know Myself - Sylvers
What's It All About - Sylvers
We Can Make It If We Try - Sylvers
When I'm Near You - Foster feat. Pat & Angie
I need You - Friends Of Distinction
Journey From The Light - Brainstorm
AS - Gene Harris

Part 3 of 4

The Soul Arranger (Part two) - Richard Evans
October 17, 2007 10:51 AM PDT
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The Soul Arranger (Part Two)
Richard Evans

If you have music running through your head when you wake up in the morning, when you brush your teeth, and all day . . . well, that's the kind of thing we should be trying to help you with. But we'll show you what others did, too, so you can use them as role models.
quote...Professor Richard Evans.

Track List:

Windmills Of Your Mind - Dorothy Ashby
California Soul - Marlena Shaw
Never Gonna Give You Up - Soulful Strings
My Loves A Monster - Clea Bradford
Lancaster Gate - Woody Herman
Hello Goodbye - Soulful Strings
Within You Without You - Soulful Strings
Elevate Your Mind - Linda Williams
Capricorn Rising - Richard Evans
My Music - Samuel Jonathan Johnson
Too Soon Youre Old - Penny Goodwin
Annie Mae - Natalie Cole
Ahmad Blues - Marlena Shaw
Soul Vibration - Dorothy Ashby
Joyful Grass And Grape - Dorothy Ashby
It Sure Is Groovy - Marlena Shaw

Part 2 of 4

The Soul Arranger (Part one) - Charles Stepney
October 17, 2007 10:43 AM PDT
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The Soul Arranger (Part one)
Charles Stepney

I have always been moved by great orchestral accompaniments and the amazing arrangers of the 60's and 70's, sadly this art form is slowly receding throughout today’s Soul music. Although I also love the classical/pop arrangements of masters such as George Martin, Lalo Schifrin, Hal & Burt and the great reggae arrangements of Brian Rogers (arranged for Jamaican singer John Holt) throughout this series of podcasts I wanna focus on my fave soul arrangers cats like Charles Stepney, Richard Evans, Gene Page, Wade Marcus, Charles Chalmers, Quincy Jones and Jerry Peters. Kicking off with the genius of Charles Stepney.
A friend (Dez Parkes) once said to me…
A producer builds the house… ‘the foundation’ then calls in’ the arranger’ the electrician who fill the house with light and power.


This is Part 1 of 4


Track list:

I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun - Rotary Connection
Memory Band - Minnie Riperton
Memory Band - Rotary Connection
Free and Easy - The Dells
Dancing Girl - Terry Calier
Black Gold - Phil Upchurch
Loveley Is Today - Eddie Harris
Cry Baby Cry - Ramsey Lewis
Love Has Fallen On Me - Rotary Connection
Les Fleur - Minnie Riperton
Summer Place - The Dells
Fair But So Uncool- EWF
Cause you love me baby - Denise Williams
Cant Hide Love - EWF

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