On January 16, 2021, Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. aka Junior Mance died aged 92. He was musician (piano) and composer, one of the main figures of the Hard bop jazz scene. He recorded and performed with some of the biggest names of jazz, blues and soul music including Gene Amons, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Wynton Kelly, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Nat Adderley, Joe Gordon, Bennie Green, Al Grey, Ernie Andrews, Johnny Griffin, Art Blakey, Cliford Brown, Benny Carter, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cleveland, Arnett Cobb, Red Holloway, Jose James, Ray Crawford, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie Jefferson, Aretha Franklin, Etta Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Irene Kral, Jay Leonhart, Les McCann, Paul Gonsalves, Howard McGhee, The Metronomes, Virgil Gonsalves, James Moody, Wild Bill Moore, Barbara Morrison, Sandy Mosse, Leo Parker, Ken Peplowski, Billie Poole, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alvin Queen, Jimmy Scott, Arnold Sterling, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Frank Vignola, Wilbur Ware, Ben Webster, Joe Williams, Marion Williams, and Leo Wright. As leader, Monce released 56 albums (live and studio). In 2007, Mance and his wife Gloria started their own record label “JunGlo”.
On December 9, 2010, James Moody died aged 85. He was musician (saxophone, flute) and singer, best known for his work in bebop and hard bop Jazz. He recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz music including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Jon Faddis, Eddie Jefferson, Johnny Coles, Todd Coolman, Rufus Reid, Gil Fuller, Milt Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Elvin Jones, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Lalo Schifrin, Bobby Thimons, Cedar Walton, Tubby Hayes, and Roberta Gambarini. In 2011, Moody posthumously won “Grammy Award” for “Best Jazz Instrumental album”, for his album “Moody 4B”. The “New Jersey Performing Arts Center” hosts the “James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival”. As a leader Moody released 44 albums.
On May 2, 2020, Richie Cole died aged 72. He was composer, arranger and musician (saxophone), began to play alto saxophone when he was ten years old, encouraged by his father, who owned a jazz club in New Jersey. In the 70’ he created his own “alto madness” bebop style. In the 90’s he formed The Alto Madness Orchestra. Cole recorded and performed with many musicians such as Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Eddie Jefferson, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer, Hank Crawford, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Kloss, Bobby Enriquez, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Greg Abate, Les DeMerle, Allan Harris, Jim Holman, Vic Juris, Peter Lauffer, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Red Rodney, Janine Santana, Mark Murphy, Sonny Stitt and Boots Randolph. In 2005, Cole was awarded the “State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” on behalf of the “Temecula Jazz Society”.
On August 9, 1980, “Qwest Records” label released “Give Me The Night”, the 18th George Benson album. It was recorded in 1980, at “Kendun Recorders” in Burbank, and “Cherokee Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Quincy Jones. in 1981 Benson won “Grammy Awards” for “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance”, the track “Moody’s Mood” won “Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male” and track “Off Broadway” won “Best R&B Instrumental Performance”. Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey also won the “Grammy Award” for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for the song “Dinorah, Dinorah”. The album was certified Platinum in US by the “RIIA”.
- George Benson– lead and backing vocals, guitar and lead guitar, scat
- Lee Ritenour– acoustic and electric guitar
- Louis Johnson, Abe Laboriel– bass guitar
- John Robinson, Carlos Vega – drums
- Paulinho Da Costa– percussion
- Greg Phillinganes– keyboards, synthesizer, Fender Rhodes
- Michael Boddicker– synthesizer
- Richard Tee– synthesizer bass, electric piano, synthesizer
- Herbie Hancock– synthesizer, Fender Rhodes
- Clare Fischer– Yamaha CS30, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes
- George Duke– keyboards
- Jerry Hey– trumpet
- Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams– saxophone, flute
- Marty Paich– string arrangements, conductor
- Sid Sharp – concertmaster
- Patti Austin– backing and lead vocals
- Jim Gilstrap, Diva Gray, Jocelyn Allen, Tom Bahler– backing vocals
- Recorded and mixed by Bruce Swedien
- Assistant engineers – Sheridan Eldridge, Ralph Osbourne, Mark Sackett.
- Mastered by Jim Sintetos, Kent Duncan
- Liner notes by Quincy Jones
- Art direction – Richard Seireeni
- Illustration – Paul Jasmin
- Cover photography – Norman Seeff
- Sleeve photography – Peter Brill
- Typography – Anderson Typographics
All tracks by Rod Temperton except where indicated.
- Love X Love
- Off Broadway
- Moody’s Mood – Eddie Jefferson, James Moody
- Give Me the Night
- What’s On Your Mind – Glen Ballard, Kerry Chater
- Dinorah, Dinorah – Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins
- Love Dance – ivan Lins, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paul Williams
- Star of a Story (X)
- Midnight Love Affair – David “Hawk” Wolinski
- Turn Out the Lamplight