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Tarika Blue

Artist: Tarika Blue
Tarika Blue - Tarika Blue CD
Label: Downtown Sound
Regular Price: $13.95
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Year: 2002
Format: CD

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In 1976 and 1977 Hank O’Neal produced two LPs by an exceptional young band called Tarika Blue. The leader was a fine pianist/keyboard artist named Phil Clendeninn. He not only led the band, wrote most of the songs, and played any instrument that had a keyboard (with the possible exception of an accordion), but Phil also learned to use every piece of recording equipment in the Downtown Sound control room, engineered a zillion sessions, and taught New School audio engineering classes. In addition, he became a very in demand session player, performing on countless recordings in all genres, including the enormously successful Rolling Stones album, Tattoo You. Maybe there was something in the air back then, but within a relatively short period in the late 60’s and early 70’s, New York City produced some incredibly fresh musical talent, who clearly affected some major changes and significantly influenced the direction of the urban jazz/r&b/funk fusion sound. Among them were Nile Rodgers, Steve Jordan, Onaje Alan Gumbs, James Mason, T.M. Stevens, Dennis Davis, Andy and Jerry Gonzales… many of whom were active at Downtown Sound. Without question, one of the most admired and respected of them all, particularly among musicians, was Tarika Blue leader and keyboardist Phil Clendeninn. Now, twenty-five years later, Tarika Blue has developed a cult following across the globe. The timelessness and staying power of their music is evident in the fact that Dreamflower was sampled for the entire musical track of Erykah Badu’s platinum hit, Didn’t Cha Know, and it ended up as one of five Grammy award contenders for “R&B Song Of The Year” in 2001. There is still profound appreciation and interest in the music of Tarika Blue, and we’re pleased to reissue both LPs on one CD, and make this the debut release on our new Downtown Sound label. Nothing could be more appropriate. After all, Phil even titled one of his compositions Downtown Sound. Check it out.
ARTISTS
Phil Clendeninn (piano, keyboards); Barry Coleman (bass); Kevin Atkins (drums); Justo Almario (soprano saxophone -3,4,7); Marvin Blackman (saxophones); Fred Miller (English horn); Ryo Kawasaki (guitar - 1,2 & 4-13); James Mason (guitar - 3,5,7,8); Brady Speller (percusson - 9-14); Melvin Speller (percussion - 4,5); Irene Datcher (vocals - 2,3,5); Dolores Smith (vocals - 6)
TRACKS
1. Dreamflower
2. Truth Is The Key
3. Love It
4. Things Spring
5. You'll Be With Me
6. My Love Is So Free
7. Charlie
8. Jimi
9. Blue Neptune
10. Sunshower
11. Revelation
12. Downtown Sound
13. Sun Through Winter
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