Mon. Dec. 16, 2019

Fuzion presents Darryl D’Bonneau & KT Brooks – Unity

Lost but not least! Fuzion presents Darryl D’Bonneau & KT Brooks – Unity (We Can Do This) (Club Remix) (Fuzion Records)

‘Unity (We Can Do This)’ pretty much symbolizes that typical NYC spirit to me. An impression I regularly felt when comin’ to the Big Apple and visit my people. Be it at Body & Soul or Shelter among others. But also by the rare times I managed to spin there, receiving the support of some local heros.

‘Unity (We Can Do This)’ comes in the tradition of these vibrant togetherness gems. From David Peaston‘s ‘‘We’re All In This Together’. To Charles Dockins presents James Howard‘s ‘We Can Do It (Wake Up)’.

‘Unity (We Can Do This)’ also pretty much embodies the spirit that was Franke Estevez‘s and the late George Mena. With their reunion under the Fuzion guise synonymous with quality works/reworks. The twosome givin’ us another illustration of their obvious talent together. This while teamin’ up wiith Darryl D’Bonneau and the late K.T. Brooks on this uplifting gem…

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Overview
– A native of South Carolina, Darryl D’Bonneau stands among the most beautiful voices in the circuit. Most likely belonging to the first league along with the late K.T. Brooks. But also Arnold Jarvis and Robert Owens. He made his debut back in 1992 with ‘More Than Anything’. The first in a impressive series of impressive gems. Beginning with the 2000 Disco-influenced ‘Stop Playing With My Mind’ built on a sample of Black Ivory‘s classic ‘Mainline’. Meanwhile scoring his biggest success along with Barbara Tucker. With other tracks worth the listen including ‘A Better Way’ and ‘Revenge’. But also the incredible ‘Miracles’ which is probably his most vibrant performance ever. With respective remixing work courtesy of 83 West, Scott Wozniak and Jon Cutler. Three cuts one could find on his 2008 ‘Remixed, Reworked & Reimagined’ album on Jellybean Soul.

Last but not least, he also teamed up with DJ Romain on the bumpin’ bass-driven ‘It’s The Spirit’. And he joined forces with Fuzion and K.T. Brooks. Altogether comin’ up with the uplifting ‘Unity (We Can Do This)’. Then with Jamie Lewis and Soulstar Syndicate on the ‘housetalgic’ ‘Do You Remember’.

– Well, well, well… I have to say I’ve been pretty much surprised by the ridiculous amount of infos I’ve found on the blogosphere speakin’ of K.T. Brooks. Surprised but also quite saddened when thinkin’ of his consistant legacy. As if, ten years after his death when writing this overview, he’d almost never existed. Therefore, please allow me to wonder what all these sites pretending they specialize in House or Electronic Music have been doin’?!? Nuts, obviously, huh? And really not fair at the end.

As far as I can remember, I guess the first time I heard one of his recordings was back in 2000. As a matter of fact, I was just returning from the Miami WMC where JoVonn had given me a promo copy of ‘My Angel’ along with a singer named Kaaye. I would know a few months later that the latter and K.T. Brooks happened to be the same character. This when coming to include this masterpiece on the first volume of my ‘Ritmo Suave’ compilation for Universal. The latter Kaaye comin’ with his final delivery under this guise the year after with ‘Shout’ along with Blvd East.

Although K.T. has collaborated with a bunch of luminaries, from Jody Watley to Kerri Chandler and/or Louis Benedetti among others, he moreover established a strong partnership with Dennis Ferrer. Acting either as a songwriter, a backup singer when not takin’ the lead. Eventually joinin’ Jennifer Renée Morrison in the backups along with Valerie Redgrave on Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Soul Collectives vol. 2′. Then also doin’ the same for the sole Morrison on ‘Sunshine’ for Madhouse Records, also in 2001. Before takin’ the centerstage the year after on the firing ‘Colors’ as a part of the ‘Soul Collectives vol. 3’.

2003 saw him contributing to Dennis Ferrer featuring Aaron Pearson‘s blowing ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’. This while doin’ backups and arranging the vocals on Sfere Recordings. An exercise he reproduced in addition to writing ‘Grateful’ for Dennis Ferrer and Kenny Bobien in 2005. The twosome starting to work soon after on Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘The World As I See It’ album. With K.T. Brooks takin’ the lead on ‘Change The World’ and ‘Run Free’ which Sean McCabe reworked back in 2008. This in addition to ‘How Do I Let Go’ which DJ Able and Matthew Bandy eventually remixed almost 10 years after.

And how to not think of the blowin’ ‘Unity (We Can Do This’)? A firing gem that saw him sharing the vocal duties with Darryl D’Bonneau back in 2007. The whole with production work by the likes of the late George Mena and Franke Estevez aka Fuzion. And let’s not forget neither the uplifting ‘Praise Him’ with remixing work courtesy of Kenny Dope that same year…

K.T. Brooks sadly passed of complications from pneumonia on Apr. 20, 2008 in Irvington, NJ. He was not even 30…

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