Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 49 Mr. Mellow Edition

'Lay the favorite'
For this ‘Groovy, sexy and soulful’ part I created the character of Mr. Mellow, based on the Maynard Ferguson track. Mr. Mellow’s music is surely headache proof and as radio-friendly as possible! Mr. Mellow likes to combine all kinds of mellow music: mellow pop, mellow rock, mellow soul, mellow jazz, mellow blues, mellow country, mellow indie etc. etc. As long as it’s mellow! Perhaps the best description for this mix might be ‘jazz pop’ in all its facets. The kings of the genre are Steely Dan, of course.

Angela Bofill
‘Love light’ is from Angela Bofill’s third album ‘Something about you’ (1981). She enjoyed surprising commercial success with her first two albums, ‘Angie’ and ‘Angel of the Night’, produced by contemporary jazz executives Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen for their GRP label, distributed by Arista. She then jumped to Arista proper (causing some bad blood with GRP) to try for a deliberate jazz-pop crossover on her third album, which was produced by Narada Michael Walden and shepherded by Arista president Clive Davis, who took an executive producer credit. Davis canvassed the publishing world for likely hit songs, then Walden put together a studio team to create a smooth, sophisticated sound that would, it was hoped, work for pop, R&B, and adult contemporary radio as well as setting feet moving in the discos. In practice, it didn't work out that way. The title track, with a lush disco arrangement, arrived as a single after disco had faded, though it, like second single ‘Holdin' out for love’, a professional song by professional songwriters Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow, managed to peak in the R&B Top 40. With those calling cards, the album was able to register only a Top 20 R&B/Top 100 pop showing, not as high as ‘Angel of the night’, as Bofill's contemporary jazz fans deserted her in droves for her commercial sellout. This is a shame, since, however compromised its goals, much of ‘Something about you’ is effective early-'80s jazz-pop, and Bofill sings powerfully throughout. (Source: Allmusic.com)

Tracklist:

Konstantin Klashtorni – Whispers (2015)
Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Love Is Love (1978)
Maynard Ferguson – Mister Mellow (1977)
Phyllis Hyman – Gonna Make Changes (1978)
Maureen McGovern – Midnight Storm (1973)
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love (1977)
Luiz Henrique – Listen To Me (1967)
Tony Joe White – I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (1972)
1619 Bad Ass Band – Just For You (1976)
Alton McClain & Destiny – Making Room For Love (1981)
Lenny White – You Bring Out The Best In Me (1983)
Angela Bofill – Love Light (1981)
Minnie Riperton – Take A Little Trip (1974)
America – Tin Man (1974)
Jimmie Spheeris – Tequila Moonlite (1975)
Ed Motta – Simple Guy (2013)
Ned Doheny – Labor Of Love [RedKen Mix] (1979)
Champs – Only A Bullet Knows Where To Run (2014)
Steve Winwood – Hold On (1977)
The Blackbyrds – Do It Girl (1980)
Steely Dan – Here At The Western World (1978)

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