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On January 14, 1976.

On January 14, 1976, “Kudu Records” label released “House of the Rising Sun”, the fourth Idris Muhammad album. it was recorded May – October 1975, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Creed Taylor.

Personnel:

  1. Idris Muhammad – drums
  2. Will Lee, Wilbur Bascomb – bass
  3. Eric Gale – guitar  
  4. Joe Beck – guitar
  5. Leon Pendarvis – piano   
  6. Don Grolnick – piano 
  7. Roland Hanna – piano
  8. David Sanborn – alto saxophone
  9. George Young – tenor saxophone
  10. Bob Berg – tenor saxophone
  11. Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone
  12. George Devens – percussion
  13. Tom Harrell- trumpet
  14. Barry Rogers – trombone
  15. Unknown members of the ensemble
  16. Unknown vocalists

Track listing:

All compositions arranged, adapted and conducted by David Matthews, except for “Sudan”, arranged by Tom Harrell.

  1. House of the Rising Sun – traditional
  2. Baia (Boogie Bump) – Ary Barroso, Ray Gilbert
  3. Hard to Face the Music – Ashford & Simpson
  4. Theme for New York City (based on prelude No. 41) – Frédéric Chopin
  5. Sudan – Idris Muhammad, Tom Harrell
  6. Hey Pock A-Way – Aaron Neville, Greg Porter, Joseph Modelliste, Leo Nocentelli

On September 20, 1977.

On September 20, 1977, “Polydor” label released “Ringo the 4th”, the sixth Ringo Starr studio album. It was recorded February – June 1977, in Cherokee, Los Angeles, Atlantic, and New York City, and was produced by Arif Mardin.

Personnel:

  • Ringo Starr– lead vocals, drums
  • David Spinozza– guitar
  • John Tropea– guitar
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • Cornell Dupree– guitar
  • Lon Van Eaton– guitar
  • Dick Fegy – guitar
  • Danny Kortchmar– guitar
  • David Bromberg– guitar
  • Tony Levin– bass guitar
  • Chuck Rainey– bass guitar
  • Hugh McDonald– bass guitar
  • Don Grolnick– keyboards
  • David Foster– keyboards, clavinet, piano
  • Richard Tee– clavinet, piano
  • Jeff Gutcheon – keyboards
  • Ken Bichel– keyboards
  • Steve Gadd– drums
  • Michael Brecker– saxophone
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Don Brooks– harmonica
  • Arnold McCuller – backing vocals
  • Brie Howard– backing vocals
  • David Lasley – backing vocals
  • Debra Gray – backing vocals
  • Duitch Helmer – backing vocals
  • Jimmy Gilstrap – backing vocals
  • Joe Bean – backing vocals
  • Luther Vandross– backing vocals
  • Lynn Pitney – backing vocals
  • Marietta Waters – backing vocals
  • Maxine Anderson – backing vocals
  • Melissa Manchester– backing vocals
  • Rebecca Louis – backing vocals
  • Robin Clark– backing vocals
  • Vini Poncia– backing vocals
  • Bette Midler– backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Drowning in the Sea of Love – Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
  2. Tango All Night – Steve Hague, Tom Seufert
  3. Wings – Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia
  4. Gave It All Up – Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia
  5. Out on the Streets – Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia
  6. Can She Do It Like She Dances – Steve Duboff, Gerry Robinson
  7. Sneaking Sally Through the Alley – Allen Toussaint
  8. It’s No Secret – Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia
  9. Gypsies in the Flight – Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia
  10. Simple Love Song – Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia

 

On September 9, 2003.

On September 9, 2003, “Verve” label released “Wide Angles”, the 20th Michael Brecker album. It was recorded in January 2003, and was produced by Michael Brecker and Gil Goldstein. In 2004, “Wide Angels” won the “Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album”.

Personnel:

  • Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone, arranger
  • John Patitucci– bass
  • Adam Rogers– guitar
  • Antonio Sánchez– drums
  • Robin Eubanks– trombone
  • Alex Sipiagin– trumpet
  • Charles Pillow – English horn, oboe
  • Peter Gordon – French horn
  • Steve Wilson– alto flute
  • Iain Dixon – bass clarinet
  • Joyce Hammann – violin
  • Mark Feldman– violin, concert master
  • Lois Martin – viola
  • Erik Friedlander– cello
  • Daniel Sadownick – percussion
  • Gil Goldstein– arranger, conductor, orchestration
  • Brian Dozoretz – assistant engineer
  • Jay Newland – engineer, mixing
  • Greg Calbi– mastering
  • George Whitty – digital editing
  • Nicole Hegeman – production coordination
  • Darryl Pitt – production coordination
  • Tommy Wilson – production coordination

Track listing:

All tracks by Michael Brecker except where noted.

  1. Broadband
  2. Cool Day in Hell
  3. Angle of Repose
  4. Timbuktu
  5. Night Jessamine
  6. Scylla – Michael Brecker, George Whitty
  7. Brexterity
  8. Evening Faces – Don Grolnick
  9. Modus Operandy
  10. Never Alone

On September 6, 1977.

On September 6, 1977, “Arista” label released “Singin’…” the sixth Melissa Manchester album. It was recorded in 1977, at “A&R Studios”, “Sound Labs” in Hollywood, and was produced by Vini Poncia.

Personnel:

  • Melissa Manchester – lead vocals
  • Don Grolnick– keyboards
  • James Newton Howard– Oberheim synthesizer, string arrangements
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • David Spinozza– guitar
  • Sid McGinnis– guitar
  • Will Lee– bass guitar
  • Tony Levin– bass guitar
  • Steve Gadd– drums
  • Lenny Castro– percussion
  • Tom Saviano – woodwind arrangements, flute, horn arrangements, tenor saxophone
  • Mike Carnahan – flute
  • Leo Potts – flute
  • Andy Macintosh – baritone saxophone
  • Stanley Schwartz – tenor saxophone
  • George Bohanon– trombone
  • Richard Felts – trumpet, flugelhorn solo
  • Sid Sharp – concertmaster
  • Vini Poncia– backing vocals
  • Claudia Cagan – backing vocals
  • Wendy Haas – backing vocals
  • Brie Howard – backing vocals
  • Gail Kantor – backing vocals
  • The Faragher Brothers– backing vocals
  • Bob Schaper – engineer
  • Tom Bush – second engineer
  • Galen Senogles – mixing
  • Ron Hitchcock – mastering
  • Anne Streer – production coordinator
  • Kay Steele – cover coordinator
  • John Kosh – art direction, desiign
  • David Alexander – photography

Track listing:

  1. Sad Eyes – David Spinozza
  2. I Wanna Be Where You Are – Arthur Ross, Leon Ware
  3. A Love Of Your Own – Ned Doheny
  4. No One’s Ever Seen This Side Of Me – Melissa Manchester
  5. You Make It Easy – James Taylor
  6. Stand – Melissa Manchester
  7. My Love Is All I Know – Wendy Waldman
  8. Time – Robert Marshall, John Miles
  9. Let Me Serenade You – John Finley
  10. The Warmth Of The Sun – Brian Wilson

On August 24, 1974.

On August 24, 1974, “Elektra” label released “Verities & Balderdash”, the fourth Harry Chapin studio album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Connecticut Recording Studios” in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and was produced by Paul Leka. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”, and 2 x Platinum in the US by “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • Harry Chapin – vocals, guitar
  • John Tropea- acoustic guitar, sitar
  • Don Payne – bass
  • Allan Schwartzberg- drums
  • Don Grolnick- piano, electric piano, harpsichord
  • Ron Bacchiocchi – synthesizer
  • Irving Spice – concertmaster
  • George Simms – background vocals
  • Frank Simms- background vocals
  • Dave Kondziela – background vocals
  • Zizi Roberts – female vocals
  • Ron Bacchiocchi – recording engineer
  • Paul Leka – mixing
  • Fred Kewley – mixing
  • Glen Christensen – art direction
  • Shiah Grumet – design
  • Bill Hofman – illustration
  • Ruth Bernal – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Harry Chapin, except where noted.

  1. Cat’s in the Cradle- Sandy Chapin, Harry Chapin
  2. I Wanna Learn a Love Song
  3. Shooting Star
  4. 000 Pounds of Bananas
  5. She Sings Songs Without Words
  6. What Made America Famous?
  7. Vacancy
  8. Halfway To Heaven
  9. Six String Orchestra

On June 30, 1979.

On June 30, 1979, “Elektra” label released “Spy”, the eight Carly Simon studio album. It was recorded December 1978 – April 1979, at “Atlantic Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Arif Mardin.

Personnel:

  • Carly Simon – lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano
  • Ian McLagan– acoustic piano
  • Don Grolnick– acoustic piano, clavinet
  • Warren Bernhardt– keyboards, acoustic piano, electric piano
  • Richard Tee– clavinet, electric piano
  • Ken Bichel– Polymoog, synthesizer
  • Cliff Carter – synthesizer
  • Billy Mernit – acoustic piano
  • Joe Caro – acoustic and electric guitar
  • John Hall – electric guitar
  • David Spinozza– acoustic and electric guitar
  • Frank Carillo– guitar
  • Tony Levin– bass
  • Will Lee– bass
  • Steve Gadd– drums
  • Rick Marotta– drums
  • Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion, congas
  • Raphael Cruz – cowbell, congas, percussion
  • Mike Mainieri– vibraphone
  • David Sanborn– alto saxophone
  • Michael Brecker– tenor saxophone, tenor sax solo
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Peter Ballin – alto saxophone
  • Lew Del Gatto – baritone saxophone
  • Tom Malone– trombone
  • Hubert Laws– flute
  • Arif Mardin– horn, string and choir arrangement
  • Gene Orloff– concertmaster
  • Tim Curry– backing vocals
  • Ullanda McCullough – backing vocals
  • James Taylor– backing vocals
  • Lucy Simon – backing vocals
  • Jonathan Abramowitz, Lamar Alsop, Julien Barber, Phil Bodner, James Buffington, Frederick Buldrini, Jean R. Dane, Eddie Daniels, Peter Dimitriades, Lewis Eley, Gerald Tarack, Paul Gershman, Ted Hoyle, Regis Iandiorio, Teddy Israel, Harold Kohon, Jesse Levy, Guy Lumia, Joseph Malin, Richard Maximoff, Kermit Moore, Eugene J. Moye, Gene Orloff, Tony Posk, Alan Shulmanand Mitsue Takayama – strings
  • Lew Hahn – recording, mixing
  • Mike O’Malley – assistant engineer
  • George Piros – mastering
  • Robert Heimall – art direction, design
  • Pam Frank – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Carly Simon, except where noted.

  1. Vengeance
  2. Just Like You Do
  3. We’re So Close
  4. Coming to Get You
  5. Never Been Gone – Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman
  6. Pure Sin – Carly Simon, Frank Carillo
  7. Love You By Heart – Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman, Libby Titus
  8. Spy – Carly Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin
  9. Memorial Day

On June 27, 1987.

On June 27, 1987, “Elektra” label released “In My Tribe”, the third 10, 000 Maniacs studio album. It was recorded March – April, at “The Complex” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Peter Asher.

Personnel:

  • Natalie Merchant– vocals
  • Robert Buck– guitars, mandolin, pedal steel guitar
  • Steve Gustafson– bass guitar
  • Jerome Augustyniak– drums, percussion
  • Dennis Drew– keyboards
  • Michael Stipe– vocals
  • Don Grolnick– piano
  • David Campbell– string arrangements
  • Dennis Karmazyn – cello
  • Bob Magnusson– acoustic bass guitar
  • Novi Novog– viola
  • Sharon Rice – additional engineer
  • Duane Seykora, Shep Lonsdale – assistant engineer
  • Doug Sax,Mike Reese – mastered
  • Frank Wolf, George Massenburg– mixed

Track listing:

All tracks by Natalie Merchant, except where noted.

  1. What’s the Matter Here? – Robert Buck, Natalie Merchant
  2. Hey Jack Kerouac – Robert Buck, Natalie Merchant
  3. Like the Weather
  4. Cherry Tree – Robert Buck, Natalie Merchant
  5. The Painted Desert – Jerome Augustyniak, Natalie Merchant
  6. Don’t Talk – Dennis Drew, Natalie Merchant
  7. Peace Train – Cat Stevens
  8. Gun Shy
  9. My Sister Rose – Jerme Augustyniak, Natalie Merchant
  10. A Campfire Song
  11. City of Angels – Robert Buck, Natalie Merchant
  12. Verdi Cries

 

 

 

On December 13, 1977.

On December 13, 1977, “Atlantic” label released “Blue Lights in the Basement”, the sixth Roberta Flack studio album. It was recorded 1976 – 1977, and was produced by Rubina Flake, Joe Ferla and Gene McDaniels.

Personnel:

  • Roberta Flack– vocals, keyboards, arrangements
  • Paul Griffin– keyboards
  • Ronnie Foster– keyboards, background vocals
  • Don Grolnick– keyboards
  • Rob Mounsey– keyboards
  • Leon Pendarvis– keyboards, background vocals, musical arrangements
  • Harry Whitaker – keyboards, musical arrangements
  • Reggie Lucas– guitar
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar, musical arrangements
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • David Spinozza– guitar
  • John Tropea– guitar
  • Michael Kamen– oboe solo, musical arrangements
  • Anthony Jackson– bass guitar
  • Basil Fearrington – bass
  • Will Lee– bass guitar
  • Gary King– bass, musical arrangements
  • Steve Gadd– drums
  • Allan Schwartzberg– drums
  • Jimmy Wong – drums
  • Howard King – drums
  • Idris Muhammad– drums
  • Crusher Bennett – percussion
  • David Carey – percussion
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • James Mtume– percussion, background vocals
  • Jim Gilstrap, Lani Groves, Gwen Guthrie, Yvonne Lewis, Gene McDaniels, Zach Sanders, Brenda White, Deniece Williams– background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Why Don’t You Move in with Me – Gene McDaniels
  2. The Closer I Get to You – Reggie Lucas, James Mtume
  3. Fine, Fine Day – Rachel Perry
  4. This Time I’ll Be Sweeter – Pat Grant, Gwen Guthrie
  5. 25th of Last December – Gene McDaniels
  6. After You – Michael Masser, Ron Miller
  7. I’d Like to Be Baby to You – Morgan Ames
  8. Soul Deep – Wayne Carson
  9. Love is the Healing – Gene McDaniels
  10. Where I’ll Find You – David McHugh

On April 2, 1975.

On April 2, 1975, “Atlantic” label released the self – titled, second Manhattan Transfer studio album. It was recorded in 1974, and was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Tim Hauser.

Personnel:

  • Tim Hauser– vocals, vocal arrangements, arrangements
  • Laurel Massé– vocals, vocal arrangements, tambourine
  • Alan Paul– vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Janis Siegel– vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Michael Brecker– tenor sax solo
  • Mike Rod – tenor sax solo
  • Zoot Sims– tenor sax solo
  • Don Grolnick– piano, electric piano, clavinet
  • Richard Tee– organ, electric piano
  • Murray Weinstock – organ
  • Jerry Friedman – guitar
  • Ira Newborn– guitar, musical director, conductor, arrangements
  • Andy Muson – bass guitar
  • Roy Markowitz – drums
  • Daniel Ben Zebulon – congas
  • Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, Seldon Powell – clarinet
  • Phil Bodner, Jerry Dodgion, George Dorsey, Harvey Estrin, David Sanborn, George Young – alto saxophone
  • Lew Del Gatto, Wally Kane – baritone saxophone
  • Michael Brecker, Seldon Powell, Mike Rod, Frank Vicari – tenor saxophone
  • Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown, Paul Favlise, Mickey Gravine, Quentin Jackson, Alan Raph – trombone
  • Randy Brecker, Mel Davis, Jon Faddis, Marky Markowitz, Bob McCoy, Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm – trumpet
  • Lew Hahn – recording and remix engineer
  • Geoffrey Haslsmm Gene Paul – engineers

Track listing:

  1. Tuxedo Junction – Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, Buddy Feyne, Julian Dash
  2. Sweet Talking Guy – Doug Morris, Elliot Greenberg
  3. Operator – William Spivery- (derived from “Operator, Operator” by Sister Wynona Carr)
  4. Candy – Mack David, Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer
  5. Gloria – Esther Navarro
  6. Clap Your Hands – Ira Newborn, The Manhattan Transfer
  7. That Cat Is High – M. Williams
  8. You Can Depend on Me – Earl Hines, Charles Carpenter
  9. Blue Champagne – Frank Ryerson, Grady Watts, Jimmy Eaton
  10. Java Jive – Milton Drake, Ben Oakland
  11. Occapella – Allen Toussaint
  12. Heart’s Desire – Hugh X. Lewis, George Cox, James Dozier, Ralph Ingram, Bernard Purdie

In January 1988.

In January 1988, “Columbia / Legacy” label released “Never Die Young”, the twelfth James Taylor album. It was recorded in 1987, and was produced by Don Grolnick.

Personnel:

  • James Taylor – guitar, vocals
  • Michael Brecker– tenor saxophone
  • Rosemary Butler– vocals
  • Dan Dugmore– banjo, pedal steel guitar
  • Don Grolnick– piano
  • Lani Groves– backing vocals
  • David Lasley– vocals
  • Jay Leonhart– bass
  • Bob Mann– guitar
  • Arnold McCuller– vocals
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • Mark O’Connor– violin
  • Bill Payne– keyboards
  • Leland Sklar– bass
  • Greg “Fingers” Taylor– harmonica
  • Carlos Vega– drums, percussion
  • James Farber – recording and mix engineer
  • Don Rodenbach – assistant engineer
  • Edd Kolakowski – guitar and piano technician, production assistant
  • Rhonda Schoen – digital editing
  • Greg Calbi– mastering engineer
  • Robby Kilgore and Clifford Carter – synthesizer programming
  • Jim Brandenburg– wolf photos
  • Rudy Molacek – James Taylor photo
  • Marc Balet – art direction

Track listing:

All tracks by James Taylor, except where noted.

  1. Never Die Young
  2. T-Bone – Bill Payne, James Taylor
  3. Baby Boom Baby – James Taylor, Zachary Wiesner
  4. Runaway Boy
  5. Valentine’s Day
  6. Sun on the Moon
  7. Sweet Potato Pie
  8. Home by Another Way – Timothy Mayer, James Taylor
  9. Letter in the Mail
  10. First of May