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Saturday, March 26, 2011
TYRONE DAVIS - ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN
Just as it was with yesterday's post, a lineup of names like these on a record label all but ensures a fantastic record.
Something about the songwriting of (Chi-Lite) Eugene Record just stops time for me; whatever is on my mind disappears, all other distractions are irrelevant and his songs just pull me into happy land. This beauty was co-written by Carl Davis, who was involved in a staggering number of timeless records as a writer, arranger, producer or A&R man. Arranger and baritone sax man Willie Henderson leads the amazing Brunswick records house band here, both in arrangement and production and this late 60's/ early 70s Chicago sound is one that is very near and dear to my heart. This group boasted one of the world's finest rhythm sections, with bassist Bernard Reed and drummer Quinton Joseph doing things that just bring me to my knees in respect.
Then there's this fellow named Tyrone Davis at the microphone; this man (discovered by Harold Burrage) simply had a way with a song that was such a unique stamp; he practically BECAME the song for his performance.
Yes, I love this record very, very, very much.