This Beat Is Mine! James Ingram – Lean On Me (MAW Mix) (MAW Records)
I guess I never understood why and how we started categorizing music, unless for reputedly marketing reasons. A quick look at history of music shows us as to how we’ve been going through a natural evolution. From Soul which got Rhythm & Blues to the next level. To Disco which appeared as an upbeat version of Soul. Not to mention House which brought Disco to another dimension.
Therefore, I suppose we can say Louie Vega and Kenny Dope have acted as so to say anthropologists. Writing the next episode of the ones who stood as their heroes. From George Benson to Jocelyn Brown, Tito Puente and Roy Ayers under their Nuyorican Soul guise. Not to mention Jody Watley and Stephanie Mills among others. And, to a certain extend, they followed the example of Quincy Jones, working with some of the most talented artists of their generation.
Like many at the time, I loved James Ingram duetting with Michael McDonald on the memorable ‘Ya Mo Be There’. And I followed him when he explored New Jack Swing along with Teddy Riley on ‘It’s Real’. Therefore, there was no reason I would pass on havin’ a listen to ‘Lean On Me’ back in 2001. And what an outstanding performance he delivered. Scatting and vibrantly jamming with Jocelyn Brown and Patti Austin in the background.
Definitely one of the reasons that got me into joining Masters At Work‘s fan list at the time.
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This Beat Is Mine! (*)
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