AOTW: Richard Evans - RICHARD EVANS (SP-735)

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Captain Bacardi

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Richard Evans

A&M/Horizon SP-735


Released 1979

Format: Vinyl/8-Track/Cassette

Produced by Richard Evans

  • 1. Capricorn Rising (Linda Williams) - 4:41
    2. Funky Day (A. Sanderson/K. Echols/R. Evans) - 4:32
    3. Do-Re-Me-For-Soul (R. Evans/K. Echols/A. Sanderson) - 5:56
    4. Windy City (R. Evans/D. Miller) - 4:07
    5. Educated Funk (Richard Evans) - 5:28
    6. Feel The Fire (Peabo Bryson) - 5:14
    7. Burning Spear (Richard Evans) - 5:53
    8. Round Midnight (B. Hanighen/C. Williams/T. Monk) - 6:12

    Arranged by Richard Evans

    Rhythm Arrangements for "Capricorn Rising" by Linda Williams and for "Windy City" by Denzil "Broadway" Miller

Denzil "Broadway" Miller - Electric Piano and Clavinet
Linda Williams - Acoustic Piano, Vocals
Terry Fryer - Synthesizers
Ross Traut - Guitar
Danny Leake - Guitar
Larry Ball - Bass
Morris Jennings - Percussion
Derf Reklaw - Percussion
Randall Cooper - Percussion
Eddie Harris - Tenor Sax (3, 6)
Kenny Mann - Tenor Sax (4, 7)
Tower of Power Horn Section (5): (Greg Adams - Trumpet; Emilio Castillo - Tenor Saxophone; Mic Gillette - Trumpet; Steve Kupka - Baritone Saxophone; Lenny Pickett - Tenor Saxophone)
Vocalists: Charles Christianson, "Cinnamon", Joanna Brown-El, Francine Smith, Bernadene Davis, Chuck Colbert, Billy Durham, Starleet El, Jan Jarvis, Myran Parker, Charles Rhodes, "Spices", Coleete Skinner, Lillian "Tang" Tynes, Cynthia White, Vince Willis
Murray Watson - Horns Contractor
Trumpets: Murray Watson, Kenneth Brass, Art Hoyle, Robert Lewis
Trombones: John Avant, Morris Ellis, Ralph Craig
Saxophones: William Adkins, Steele Seals, Earl Freeman, Kenny Soderblum, Eugene Vineyard, Clifford Davis
String Concertmaster - Sol Bobrov
Violins: Arnold Roth, Joel Smirnoff, George Palermo, Frank Borgognone, Roger Moulton, E. Zlatoff-Mirsky, Elliot Golub
Violas: Martin Abrams, Harold Kupter
Cellos: Carl B. Fruh, Kenneth Slowik

Recorded at P.S. Recording Studios, Chicago, by Paul Serrano
Assistant Engineers: Scott Towley, Denby Allen, Harry Brotman, Carmen Halsell and Judy Scheschelser
Mixed at P.S. Recording Studios, Chicago, by Barney Perkins
Mastered by Wally Trougott at Capitol Studios'
Copyist: Eddie Baker

Art Direction: Roland Young
Design: Junie Osaki, Lynn Robb
Photography: Dean Takuno (Front), Mark Hanauer (Back)

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Mr Bill

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I agree it's the worst cover in the Horizon line, revealing NOTING about the music contained therein! At least the crappy Karma covers fit the music!

Captain Bacardi

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At least the crappy Karma covers fit the music!

Did you really think that Karma album (especially the 1st one) was crap? Very surprising there.

As far as this Richard Evans album goes, there's some good and bad things. I really thought "Feel The Fire" was a solid tune. Haven't really heard much about him before or after this album.


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Found this while searching around...looks like he's released two albums - this one and "Dealing With Hard Times" for Atlantic in 1972.

Richard Evans (2)

Real Name:Richard Lee Cowan Evans
Profile:Bassist, composer, arranger and producer.

Evans is best known as producer and arranger for Cadet Records during the 1960s and early 1970s, working with artists like Ramsey Lewis, Marlena Shaw and Dorothy Ashby. In the same period he also formed The Soulful Strings with whom he recorded several albums.

In the 1970s and 1980s he worked as bassist and arranger with artists such as Natalie Cole, Peabo Bryson and Ahmad Jamal. Currently he serves as a music professor in Boston. Richard Evans for a brief period in the late 50s was a member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, playing on the early Ra album Sun Ra - Jazz By Sun Ra Vol. 1.


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Thanks Bill! I wonder if that's why his name seems vaguely familiar to me. I have a few of those 60s Ramsey Lewis albums on the Cadet label, not to mention having some recordings he may have produced in the 70s and 80s that you mention.

Mr Bill

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Did you really think that Karma album (especially the 1st one) was crap?

No -- I love the music. I just didn't like the covers of either one. Like the Evans LP the cover does not "match my mental picture" of the music contained there-in. Other than that I really enjoy that 70's funk-jazz thing!

The Evans cover had me wondering when I first saw it if it was a picture of a woman "examining herself" or an end view of two women "examining each other." :laugh:
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