Lost but not least! Boyd Jarvis – Sunny Days (Wave Music)
And these were the… ‘Sunny Days’!
Although more of an actor in the shadow, Boyd Jarvis stands on an impressive repertoire. With the latter goin’ to regular developments from a decade to another. This since the release of the seminal ‘Music Got Me’. A cut he co-wrote with Jason Smith under the Visual banner back in 1983 for Prelude Records.
As a matter of fact, it’s fair to say Boyd stands among the missing links between Disco and House Music. The man pretty makin’ himself a reputation for his collabs with countless luminaries. From Ten City to Herbie Hancock and Madonna. But also Jellybean Benitez, Muta Baruka and Chaka Khan. Not to mention Joe Claussell. As many names quite illustrative of his versatility). Meanwhile he also had a few releases on his own. Like the percussive Deep Latinesque organ-led ‘Sunny Days’ released back in 2001 on François K‘s Wave Music label. With Kirby Santos on guitar and Martin Vejarano on percussion…
10 minutes + of pure pleasure and absolute madness…
The very first time I’d got to hear of Boyd Jarvis brings us back to 1983. Back then, he was the man behind Visual‘s ‘The Music Got Me’ with production work by the likes of Timmy Regisford on Prelude. At a time when Disco had gone out of the trends (remember the Demolition Night). Meanwhile leavin’ the Big Apple club scene in search of what would come next.
The record that spawned a musical revolution had its origins in Jarvis’ obsession with synths. “The synthesizer has been an opportunity for me to get into the music business”, Jarvis said on Redbullmusicacademy. “I read books about synthesis, and learned to make drum sounds using white noise, sub, click and so on. Through that I discovered how to make my own syn-drums, claps and kicks.”
Starting as a lighting designer before studying music architecture, Boyd Jarvis played a key role in the mutation of Club Music. This along with Winston Jones, Paul Simpson, and Tony Humphries. Not to mention Timmy Regisford with whom he would work on a regular basis at the time. Such as on the mixing work of ‘I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit)’ which they did for Curtis Hairston among others.
More of a shadow man, Boyd‘s name is associated to countless releases. As a producer, session musician and remixer. From Jellybean to Herbie Hancock. But also TZ’s ‘I Got The Hots For You’, or Billie‘s ‘memorable ‘Nobody’s Business’. This in addition to Wally Jump, Jr. and Antonio Ocasio to name a few. Therefore standing among the missing links between Disco and House Music. Meanwhile standing as the one who came to discover Colonel Abrams. Contributing to his classic ‘Music Is The Answer’…
The 90’s saw Jarvis collaborating with Joe Claussell. With the twosome eventually bringing Ananda Project‘s ‘Cascade Of Colour’ to a rare level on their remixing work. Meanwhile he would also give the whole dimension of his talent on his own. This with the percussive ‘Sunny Days’ back in 2001 on François K‘s Wave Music label. His 2012 ‘Boyd Jarvis And The Suovonic Movement’ album givin’ us an extra opportunity to enjoy his skills.
Boyd Jarvis sadly died, aged 59, on Feb. 16, 2018 in East Orange, NJ after battling against cancer.