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Monday, March 3, 2014


Collection of Mtume

A former jazz percussionist, Mtume moved into urban contemporary and funk in the late '70s and became one of the more successful producers and performers in both styles during the '80s. The son of the great jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Mtume was a conga player and percussionist who recorded and toured with Miles Davis and was featured on albums by the Heath Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard. He even recorded as a bandleader for Strata-East before turning to funk in the late '70s. Mtume's band included the sassy, sultry vocalist Tawatha Agee, keyboardist Phil Fields, and bassist Ray Johnson. They had a number one R&B hit with "Juicy Fruit" for Epic in 1983 and a number two single in 1984 with "You, Me and He." They recorded for Epic until the late '80s. Agee went solo in 1987. Their final Top Ten hit was "Breathless" in 1986. Mtume also teamed with another ex-jazz musician, Reggie Lucas, who had also been in Davis' '70s band. They produced and/or wrote for such artists as Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, Gary Bartz, Sadane, Lou Rawls, Rena Scott, and Eddie Henderson in the late '70s. The duo worked on the LP In Search of the Rainbow Seekers for Epic in 1980. Mtume worked on his own as a producer with several artists, among them Levert, Tyrone Brunson, Roy Ayers, Henderson, Tease, and Sue Ann. Allmusic by Ron Wynn

Album: Kawaida (1973)

01. Baraka
02. Kamili
03. Dunia
04. Maulana
05. Kawaida

Album: Alkebu-Lan (1975)

01. Invocation
02. Baba Hengates
03. Utamu
04. Saud
05. Alkebu Lan
06. No Words
07. Seperate Not Equal
08. The Prayer (Sifa Zote)

Album: Rebirth Cycle (1977)

01. Sais
02. Yebo
03. Cabral
04. Body Sounds
05. Umoja

Album: Kiss This World Goodbye (1978)

01. Theme (For the People) (Opening)
02. Just Funnin'
03. Kiss This World Goodbye
04. Insert
05. The Closer I Get to You
06. Love Lock
07. Funky Constellation
08. Closer to the End
09. Metal Flake Mind
10. Phase 1
11. Day of the Reggin
12. This Is Your Mind
13. Theme (For The People) (Exit)

Album: In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers (1980)

01. Give It On Up (If You Want To)
02. You Can't Wait For Love
03. She's a Rainbow Dancer
04. We're Gonna Make It This Time
05. Dance Around My Navel
06. So You Wanna Be a Star
07. Spirit Of The Dance
08. Anticipacin'
09. Everything Good To Me
10. Mrs Sippi

Album: Juicy Fruit (1983)

01. Green Light
02. Juicy Fruit
03. Hips
04. Would You Like To (Fool Around)
05. Your Love's Too Good (To Spread Around)
06. Hip Dip Skippedabeat
07. Ready For Your Love
08. The After 6 Mix (Juicy Fruit Part II)

Album: You, Me And He (1984)

01. C.O.D. (I'll Deliver)
02. You Are My Sunshine
03. You, Me and He
04. I Simply Like
05. Prime Time
06. Tie Me Up
07. Sweet For You and Me
08. To Be Or Not to Bop That Is the Question

Album: Theater Of The Mind (1986)

01. Theme From Theater of the Mind
02. P.O.P. Generation
03. Breathless
04. I Don't Believe You Heard Me
05. Body and Soul (Take Me)
06. New Face Deli
07. I'd Rather Be With You
08. Deep Freeze (Rap-a-Song) Part I
09. Deep Freeze (Tree's Thing) Part II


1 comment:

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