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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
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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

 

In April 1978.

In April 1978, “Elektra” label released “Boys in the Trees”, the seventh Carly Simon studio album. It was recorded in 1978, and was produced by Arif Mardin. The album won “Grammy Award” for “Best Album Package”.

Personnel:

  • Carly Simon – guitar, piano, vocals
  • James Taylor- guitar, background vocals
  • Luther Vandross- background vocals
  • Eddie Bert – trombone
  • Phil Bodner – oboe
  • Michael Brecker- tenor saxophone
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Don Grolnick- keyboards
  • David Sanborn- alto saxophone
  • George Young – alto saxophone
  • John Hall – guitar, background vocals
  • Gloria Agostini – harp
  • Rubens Bassini- percussion
  • Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion
  • Ken Bichel- keyboards
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet
  • James Buffington – French horn
  • David Carey – marimba
  • Cissy Houston- background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Gordon Edwards – bass
  • Harvey Estrin – recorder
  • Joe Farrell- flute
  • Steve Gadd- drums
  • Eric Gale- guitar
  • Jaroslav Jakubovic- baritone saxophone
  • Will Lee- bass
  • Tony Levin- bass
  • Alex Ligertwood- background vocals
  • George Marge – recorder
  • Hugh McCracken- guitar
  • Onnie McIntyre – guitar
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • Barry Rogers- trombone
  • Margaret Ross – harp
  • Stuart Scharf – guitar
  • Lucy Simon- background vocals
  • Hamish Stuart- guitar, background vocals
  • Richard Tee- keyboards
  • Brooks Tillotson – French horn
  • Steven Dickson, Marc Embree, Ruderick George, Alyia Orme, Joanna Simon, Ken Williams – background vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Carly Simon except where noted.

  1. You Belong to Me – Carly Simon, Michael McDonald
  2. Boys in the Trees
  3. Back Down to Earth
  4. Devoted to You – Boudleaux Bryant
  5. De Bat (Fly in Me Face)
  6. Haunting
  7. Tranquillo (Melt My Heart) – Carly Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin
  8. You’re the One
  9. In a Small Moment
  10. One Man Woman – James Taylor
  11. For Old Times Sake – Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman

On October 29, 1982.

donald_fagen_-_the_nightfly

On October 29, 1982, “Warner Bros” label released “The Nightfly”, the first Donald Fagen solo album. It was recorded 1981 – 1982, at “Soundworks Digital Audio/Video Recording Studios”, “Automated Sound” in N.Y; “Village Recorders” in L.A., and was produced by Gary Katz. The album was certified Platinum in UK by “BPI”, and Platinum in the US by “RIIA”. The album cover design was by Gale Sasson and Vern Yenor, George Delmerico was art director, and the picture was taken by James Hamilton.

  • Donald Fagen- lead vocals, organ, synthesizer, synth blues harp, electric piano, piano, background vocals, horn arrangements, linear notes
  • Dave Bargeron- trombone, euphonium
  • Michael Brecker- tenor saxophone
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Larry Carlton- lead guitar, guitar
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Rick Derringer- guitar
  • Frank “Harmonica Frank” Floyd- background vocals
  • James Gadson- drums, additional drums
  • Ed Greene- drums
  • Gordon Grody – background vocals
  • Anthony Jackson- bass
  • Steve Jordan- drums
  • Steve Khan- acoustic guitar
  • Abraham Laboriel- bass
  • Daniel Lazerus – background vocals
  • Will Lee- bass
  • Hugh McCracken- guitar, harmonica
  • Leslie Miller – background vocals
  • Marcus Miller- bass
  • Rob Mounsey- synthesizer, horn arrangements
  • Roger Nichols- percussion, special effects
  • Michael Omartian– piano, electric piano
  • Dean Parks- guitar
  • Greg Phillinganes- synthesizer, piano, piano solo, electric piano ,  clavinet, synthesizer bass
  • Jeff Porcaro- drums, additional drums
  • Chuck Rainey- bass
  • Zachary Sanders – background vocals
  • Valerie Simpson- background vocals
  • David Tofani -alto saxophone
  • Starz Vanderlocket- percussion, background vocals
  • Engineers: Daniel Lazerus,Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner
  • Assistant engineers: Robin Lane, Mike Morongell, Cheryl Smith, Wayne Yurgelun
  • Mixing:Elliot Scheiner
  • Mastering:Bob Ludwig
  • Digital editing assistant: Mike Morongell, Wayne Yurgelun
  • Project assistant: Ginger Dettman, Steve Pokorny, Steve Woolard
  • Tracking:Elliot Scheiner
  • Authoring: David Dieckmann, George Lydecker
  • Sequencing:Roger Nichols
  • Overdub engineer: Daniel Lazerus
  • Design: Greg Allen
  • Editorial supervision: Cory Frye
  • Screen design: Andrew Thomas

Track listing:

All tracks by Donald Fagen, except where noted

  1. G.Y.
  2. Green Flower Street
  3. Ruby Baby – Jerry Leiberand Mike Stoller, arranged by Donald Fagen
  4. Maxine
  5. New Frontier
  6. The Nightfly
  7. The Goodbye Look
  8. Walk Between Raindrops

On February 29, 2000.

Steely Dan- Two against nature

On February 29, 2000, “Giant Records/Warner Bros” label released “Two Against Nature” the eighth Steely Dan album. “Two Against nature” was recorded 1977 to 1999, and was produced by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The album won Steely Dan four “Grammy Awards”, including “Album of the Year”.

Personnel:

  • Walter Becker– bass, lead guitar
  • Donald Fagen– organ, piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, vocals
  • Tom Barney – bass
  • Ted Baker – piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Jon Herington– acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar
  • Dean Parks– guitar
  • Lawrence Feldman – clarinet, tenor saxophone
  • Amy Helm – whistle
  • Michael Hitchcock – trumpet
  • Michael Leonhart– trumpet, conductor, wurlitzer
  • Lou Marini– alto saxophone
  • Chris Potter– alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Jim Pugh– trombone
  • Roger Rosenberg – bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
  • David Tofani– saxophone
  • Keith Carlock– drums
  • Leroy Clouden – drums
  • Vinnie Colaiuta– drums
  • Sonny Emory– drums
  • Ricky Lawson– drums
  • Michael White – drums
  • Gordon Gottlieb – percussion
  • Will Lee– percussion
  • Daniel Sadownick – percussion, timbales
  • David Shank – vibraphone
  • Steve Shapiro– vibraphone
  • Cynthia Calhoun– background vocals
  • Mike Harvey – background vocals
  • Carolyn Leonhart– background vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Gaslighting Abbie
  2. What a Shame About Me
  3. Two Against Nature
  4. Janie Runaway
  5. Almost Gothic
  6. Jack of Speed
  7. Cousin Dupree
  8. Negative Girl
  9. West of Hollywood