Classics: Little Louie Vega feat. Arnold Jarvis – Life Goes On (Dance Ritual Mix) (MAW Records)
Black Masses‘ ‘Wonderful People’, Mutiny‘s ‘Bliss’, Jody Watley and Roy Ayers‘ ‘I Love To Love’… James Ingram‘s ‘Lean On Me’! As many gems among countless others Louie Vega and Kenny Dope‘s MAW Records label blessed us with by the end of the 90’s/early 2000’s…
In that list and without a single doubt the jazzy uplifting ‘Life Goes On’ starring co-label head Louie Vega and Arnold Jarvis . With the first coming to full maturity as a producer. And the latter showing up once again his maestria as a performer.
‘Life Goes On’ sees Jarvis together with Lisa Fisher in the backing vocals in a silk jazzy environment. With thanks to the horn section featuring John Scrapulla on sax and Peter MacNamara on trumpet. Not to mention John Wheeler on trombone. The whole over a rumblin’ bassline courtesy of long time collaborator Gene Perez.
In the absolute tradition of what used to be called R&B/Dance by the beginning of the 80’s. Louie Vega most likely coudn’t get closer to this. So no need saying as to how, be you a soulful House Music or a Disco lover, this jam has all the ingredients to reach your expectations. Besides, music isn’t a matter of being rated as this or that. But simply being good or not, don’t you think?
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– Arnold Jarvis‘ road to a musical career began at the age of 16 when he sang with the Baltimore Gospel Choir. His rich, Gospel-inflected baritone and unique phrasing made him one of the choir’s most favored soloists.
A Singer, a songwriter and a performer he, just like Robert Owens and Omar, has a voice gifted by the gods. Therefore, no wonder why he’s been touring with countless artists. From Loleatta Holloway to Jocelyn Brown or Jody Watley. But also Queen Latifah, Ultra Naté and Adeva among many others.
Jarvis has collaborated with an impressive list of House Music top producers. This resulting in countless seminal classics. From ‘Take Some Time Out’ with Tommy Musto and Yvonne Turner. To ‘And I Loved You’ with Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie. Not to mention ‘Life Goes On’ with Louie Vega. And the list goes on along with Teddy Douglas of The Basement Boys fame (‘Love Of My Life’). And Alix Alvarez (‘Rising Into Joy’). If not Benji Candelario (‘You’ve Let Love Slip Away’, ‘Higher’) or Mannix (‘Stronger Than You Think You Are’).
Arnold is as well remembered as a member of UDAUFL. A collective of artists which Blaze put together back in 2003 in order to raise funds against AIDS.
He has also released a solo album – ‘Just Say It’ – produced by Timmy Regisford and Adams Rios 9 years after.
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