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Check Out Marlon McClain of The Dazz Band’s NEW SONG,-Positivity!






What do Kenny G., En Vogue, Toni Braxton, George Clinton, George Benson, Brandy, Maurice White and Tower of Power all have in common? All have worked with Portland-born Marlon “The Magician” McClain, a guitarist, producer and arranger with a history as one of R&B’s best. Marlon was first known as part of the 1970s R&B band Pleasure (remember “Glide?”) and he has been making great music with others ever since.
Marlon McClain
Marlon McClain
Marlon is now putting his name on the front of the album, with his upcoming disc, TBC. He now lives in Corvallis.
His fine publicist continues:
In an impressive career spanning more than four decades, Marlon L. McClain (also known as “The Magician”) has produced, arranged, performed on, or written songs for artists including Kenny G., En Vogue, Toni Braxton, George Clinton, George Benson, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Lober, Swing Out Sister, Brandy, Maurice White, Tower of Power, and Joan Baez, resulting in his name having been associated with records that have sold a combined more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Getting his major break as the leader and guitarist for Portland, Oregon-based Pleasure, which was known for being a risk-taking, horn-driven band that often brought jazz overtones to its funk/soul foundation, McClain helped lead Pleasure to a Top Ten Billboard R&B hit with “Glide,” Pleasure’s biggest hit.
Following the break-up of Pleasure in 1981, McClain released his first solo record, Changes, on Fantasy Records, before coming a a well-sought producer and songwriter. It would be nearly thirty years, in 2010, when he released the follow-up album, TBD (Lucky Records/Mac Man Music).
marlon mcclain3Now he is preparing the release of his third solo album, TBC (To Be Continued), also on Lucky Records/Mac Man Music.
Written and produced by McClain, and featuring performances by Al Turner (bass), Soul P. (drum programming, keys), Thomas McElroy (keys, percussion), Jeff Lorber (keys), Ken Sato (drum programming), and Curtis Salgado (harmonica), the nine-track album doesn’t miss a beat, picking up where TBD left off, while still staying true to the roots of Changes.
A fusion of jazz, funk, and rock, TBC opens with the steamy “Me & You,” a bona-fide jazz-funk late-night booty-shaker, while “Positivity” makes you sweat with its sweaty groove and soothing vocals.
“Radiation Blues” finds the album getting into some greasy, powerful blues-rock. And “Where Are You” displays McClain’s ability to get tender, without losing the energy and groove muscle behind his songwriting.
“Step Into The Light” is another get-out-of-your-seat-and-shake-it dance numbers, “Tokyo Time” is all blues and jazz sitting in perfect harmony, and album closer “You Know” brings the R&B to the party.
For an artist that has produced and written some of the biggest names in various genres, McClain’s subtle, yet earnest detail to songwriting and production shows on TBC, offering up a collection of songs that pay homage to their respective roots, while also sounding fresh and current, something McClain has always been ahead of his time on.
Here is a collection of songs that undoubtedly prove why “The Magician” earned his moniker, and that the years between solo records hasn’t lessened his skills or passion, just helped him find his desire once again to create uplifting, moving records that make you want to dance and feel. And, feeling is what McClain’s music is all about.


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Author:Jeff Lorber Fansite
キーボード奏者のジェフ・ローバーは、1952年11月4日ペンシルヴァニア州フィラデルフィア生まれ。
バークリー音楽院、ボストン大学に学んだ後、チック・コリアの指導を受け、 '77年に『ジェフ・ローバー・フュージョン』を発表。
L.A.フュージョンに新風を吹き込むと同時に、ケニー・Gやデイヴ・コズの押し出しにもひと役買い、'80年代のビッグ・アイコンになった。『ウィザード・アイランド』や『ヒート・オブ・ザ・ナイト』など自己名義の作品をヒットさせる一方、'80年代後半からプロデュースにも乗り出し、マンハッタン・トランスファー、マイケル・フランクス、シーナ・イーストンらを担当。さらに、ダンスやファンク系の分野にも進出することでキャリア・アップを果たしてきました。”Now is the Time"が、第53回グラミー賞にノミネートされました。(ノミネートは4回目)




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