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On September 29, 1980.

On September 29, 1980, “MCA” label released “Carnaval”, the fourth Spyro Gyra album. It was recorded in 1980, at “Secret Sound Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Jay Beckenstein and Richard Calandra.

Personnel:

  • Jay Beckenstein – saxophones, piano
  • Tom Schuman, Jeremy Wall – keyboards
  • Dave Samuels – marimba, vibraphone
  • Chet Catallo, Hiram Bullock, Rick Strauss, John Tropea – guitar
  • Jim Kurzdorfer – bass
  • Eli Konikoff – drums
  • Gerardo Velez – percussion
  • Michael Brecker – flute
  • Randy Brecker – trumpet
  • Tom Malone – trombone, trumpet
  • Rob Mounsey – synthesizer
  • Will Lee – bass guitar
  • David Darling – cello
  • Steve Jordan – drums
  • Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion, congas
  • Steve Kroon, Richard Calandra – percussion
  • Jeremy Wall – assistant producer, conductor, horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Tom Schuman – conductor, horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Neil Dorfsman, Jack Malken – engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Cafe Amore – Chet Catallo
  2. Dizzy – Tom Schuman, Eli Konikoff
  3. Awakening – Jeremy Wall
  4. Cachaca – Jay Beckenstein
  5. Fox Trot – Jay Beckenstein
  6. Sweet ‘n’ Savvy – Tom Schuman
  7. Bittersweet – Jay Beckenstein
  8. Carnaval – Jeremy Wall
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In February 1976.

In February 1976, “Columbia” label released “Smile”, the sixth Laura Nyro album. It was recorded in 1975, at “CBS 30th Street Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Laura Nyro and Charlie Calello.

Personnel:

  • Laura Nyro – vocals, piano, guitar, wood block
  • John Tropea, Hugh McCracken, Joe Beck, Jeff Mironov, Jerry Friedman, Greg Bennett – guitar
  • Will Lee, Richard Davis, Bob Babbitt- bass
  • Chris Parker, Allan Schwartzberg, Rick Marotta- drums
  • Jimmy Maelen- tambourine, wood block
  • Nydia Mata, Carter C.C. Collins – congas
  • Rubens Bassini- shaker
  • David Friedman – vibraphone
  • Joe Farrell, Michael Brecker, George Young – saxophone
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet
  • Paul Messing – triangle
  • Nisako Yoshida, Reiko Kamota – koto
  • Don Puluse, Tim Geelan – engineer
  • Jay Messina, Lou Waxman, Stan Tonkel – assistant engineer
  • Ed Lee – artwork
  • Patty Newport – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Laura Nyro, except where noted.

  1. Sexy Mama – Al Goodman, Sylvia Robinson, Harry Ray
  2. Children of the Junks
  3. Money
  4. I Am the Blues
  5. Stormy Love
  6. The Cat Song
  7. Midnite Blue
  8. Smile

In October 1974.

In October 1974, “Warner Bros” label released “Veedon Fleece”, the eighth Van Morrison studio album. It was recorded 1973 – 1974, at “Caledonia Studios” California and “Mercury Studios” in New York, and was produced by Van Morrison.The album cover photography was by Tom Collins.

Personnel:

  • Van Morrison – vocal, guitar
  • Ralph Walsh, John Tropea- guitar
  • David Hayes, Joe Macho – bass
  • Dahaud Shaar (David Shaw) – drums
  • Allan Schwartzberg- drums Nathan Rubin – violin
  • Terry Adams – viola
  • James Rothermel – flute, recorder
  • Jack Schroer- soprano saxophone
  • James Trumbo, Jef Labes- piano
  • Engineers: Jim Stern, Dahaud Shaar (David Shaw), Jean Shaar, Elvin Campbell
  • Art Direction: Ed Caraeff
  • Arrangements: Van Morrison, Jef Labes (stringand woodwind)
  • Remastering: Ian Cooper, Walter Samuel

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison

  1. Fair Play
  2. Linden Arden Stole the Highlights
  3. Who Was That Masked Man
  4. Streets of Arklow
  5. You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River
  6. Bulbs
  7. Cul de Sac
  8. Comfort You
  9. Come Here My Love
  10. Country Fair

In August 1980.

In August 1980, “Warner Bros” label released “One-Trick Pony”, the fifth Paul Simon studio album. It was recorded 1979 – 1980, at “A&R Studios” in New York City and  “Agora Club” in Cleveland, Ohio, and was produced by Paul Simon and Phil Ramone. The album was released concurrently with the film of the same name, in which Paul Simon also starred.

Personnel:

  • Paul Simon – vocals, nylon string guitar, electric guitar, percussion, horn and string arrangements
  • John Tropea– acoustic guitar
  • Patti Austin– vocals
  • Joe Beck– electric guitar
  • Hiram Bullock– electric slide guitar
  • Jon Faddis– flugelhorn
  • Don Grolnick– string synthesizer
  • Ralph MacDonald– percussion
  • Dave Grusin– horn and string arrangements
  • Steve Gadd– drums on all songs
  • Eric Gale– electric guitar, nylon string guitar
  • Lani Groves – background vocals
  • Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin– bass
  • Irwin “Marky” Markowitz – trumpet
  • Hugh McCracken– acoustic guitar
  • Jeff Mironov – electric guitar
  • Richard Tee– Fender Rhodes electric piano, tambourine, background vocals and co-lead vocal
  • Bob Friedman – horn and string arrangements
  • Jim Boyer – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Ted Jensen- mastering engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Paul Simon.

  1. Late in the Evening
  2. That’s Why God Made the Movies
  3. One-Trick Pony
  4. How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns
  5. Oh, Marion
  6. Ace in the Hole
  7. Nobody
  8. Jonah
  9. God Bless the Absentee
  10. Long, Long Day

In July 1981.

In July 1981, “MCA” label released “Freetime”, the fifth Spyro Gyra album. It was recorded in 1981, and was produced by Jay Beckenstein and Richard Calandra.

Personnel:

  • Jay Beckenstein– saxophones, clay flute, percussion
  • Tom Schuman– keyboards
  • Jeremy Wall– keyboards
  • Chet Catallo– guitar
  • John Tropea– guitar
  • Dave Samuels– vibraphone, marimba
  • Eli Konikoff – drums
  • Gerardo Velez– percussion
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Rob Mounsey– synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Richard Tee– keyboards
  • Steve Khan– guitar
  • Will Lee– bass, backing vocals
  • David Darling– cello
  • Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion
  • Valerie Simpson, Casey Cysick– backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Freetime – Tom Schuman, Eli Konikoff
  2. Telluride – Jay Beckenstein
  3. Summer Strut – Jeremy Wall
  4. Elegy for Trane – Jeremy Wall
  5. Pacific Sunrise – Tom Schuman
  6. Amber Dream – Jay Beckenstein
  7. String Soup – Jim Kurzdorfer

 

In June 1978.

In June 1978, “Columbia” label released “Nested”, the seventh Laura Nyro studio album. It was recorded in 1977 in Danbury, Connecticut, and was produced by Laura Nyro and Roscoe Harring.

Personnel:

  • Laura Nyro – vocals, electricand acoustic piano, church organ, guitar, strings
  • Will Lee- bass guitar
  • Andy Newmark- drums
  • Vinnie Cusano- guitar
  • John Tropea- guitar
  • Nydia “Liberty” Mata – percussion
  • John Sebastian- harmonica
  • Cyril Cianflone, Tony Levin – bass guitar
  • Felix Cavaliere- electric piano, organ
  • Dale Ashby, Frank Koenig – engineer
  • Adger W. Cowans – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Laura Nyro.

  1. Blue (Song of Communications)
  2. Rhythm and Blues
  3. My Innocence
  4. Crazy Love
  5. American Dreamer
  6. Springblown
  7. The Sweet Sky
  8. Light
  9. Child in a Universe
  10. The Nest

 

On September 29, 1980.

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On September 29, 1980, “Mercury” label released the self-titled Kurtis Blow debut album. It was recorded in 1979, and was produced by J.B. Moore and Robert Ford.

Personnel:

  • Kurtis Blow, Sudana Bobatoon, Wayne Garfield, Sheila Spencer, William Waring, Adam White – vocals
  • Eddie Martinez, J.B. Moore, Dean Swenson,John Tropea – guitars
  • Onaje Allen Gumbs, J.B. Moore – keyboards
  • Craig Short,Tom Wolk – bass
  • Jimmy Bralower – drums
  • Rod Hui – engineer
  • Erik Block, Paula Stevens, Lisa Zimet – assistant engineers
  • Vincent Davis – mixing
  • Suha Gur – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Rappin’ Blow, Pt. 2 – Kurtis Blow, Robert Ford, Miller, J.B. Moore, Larry Smith
  2. The Breaks – Kurtis Blow, Robert Ford, B.Moore, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith
  3. Way Out West – J.B.Moore
  4. Throughout Your Years – Kurtis Blow, B. Moore, William Waring
  5. Hard Times – Jimmy Bralower, B. Moore, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith, William Waring
  6. All I Want in This World (Is to Find That Girl) – J.B. Moore
  7. Takin’ Care of Business – Randy Bachman