Friday, June 23, 2017

Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love

Most Wanted! Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love (Polydor)

A Jazz and Soul singer, Tamiko Jones made a transient foray into Disco back in 1979. A one off under the form of the memorable ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love’. And what a blast! A stellar track which she produced herself. With writing and production work by the likes of Randy Muller (Brass Construction, Skyy)
Hard to not make some connection with Harry Thumann‘s infectiously synth driven ‘Underwater’. Would have been cool to have more of these. Don’t you think?

Overview
– Born in Kyle, WG of Japanase, Cherokee and British ancestry, Tamiko Jones first established herself as a Jazz singer. She’s most likely remembered for sharing the duties with famous flautist Herbie Mann on the 1967 releeased ‘A Mann & A Woman’ album. She then would record several duets with Soul singer Solomon Burke on his album ‘I’ll Be Anything For You’ the following year.

Jones scored her biggest hit in 1974 with ‘Touch Me Baby (Reaching Out For Your Love)’ written by Johnny Bristol. A cut backed with an outstanding interpretation of Stevie Wonder‘s ‘Creepin”. Both of them taken from her 1975 ‘Love Trip’ album for Arista.

The lady would leave her contribution to the Disco scene 4 years after with ‘Can’t Live Without You Love’, written and arranged by Randy Muller. Her last chart hit being a cover version of Marvin Gaye‘s ‘I Want You’ in 1986 on Sutra Records.

– Born in Guyana, Randy Muller relocated to Brooklyn, NY where he first took up music at Thomas Jefferson High School. There, he made friends with Solomon Roberts, Jr. and Jeff Lane with whom he would establish some solid partnership along with time.

Muller started arranging songs for Jeff Lane‘s group B.T. Express. Meanwhile the latter became his, producing early material for his group, Brass Construction.
A multi-instrumentist, Randy established himself as the driving force of Skyy, Funk Deluxe and First Circle in addition to Brass Construction.
The depository of an instantly recognizable sound, he has collaborated with countless artists. From Garnet Mimms to Charles Earland, Mark Radice, Tamiko Jones and Rafael Cameron to name but a few.

Still in activity nowadays, Randy runs his own label, Plaza Records, which he launched back in 1988.
Also a flautist, he has been exploring jazzy territories more recently under his Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang guise.

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