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Tarika Blue Discography of CDs


Tarika Blue Tarika Blue CD (2002) 4.5 stars
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Tarika Blue music CDs As much as purists complain about the modern urban music practice of sampling classic tracks, this can also lead to a modern appreciation of great (and sometimes forgotten) music from yesteryear. A short-lived New York-based ensemble led by keyboardist Phil Clendennin, Tarika Blue released two recordings in the late '70s that blended silky jazz fusion sensibilities and the mellow soul sound of the day that's now considered old-school. Vocalist Erykah Badu rekindled interest in the group by using, without permission, its laid-back tune "Dreamflower" as the background for her platinum hit, "Didn't Cha Know," which went on to be nominated for R&B song of the year in 2001. Universal/Motown and Badu later agreed to pay a settlement fee for the sample, and SOS Productions d.b.a. Chiaroscuro Records has launched the new label Downtown Sound as a platform for this compilation of these two original, very appealing recordings. The vibe, influenced by Fender Rhodes, the jangling guitars of Ryo Kawasaki, and the punchy sax of Marvin Blackman, is light and funky in the mode of the Crusaders. Energetic tracks like "Things Spring" are fun despite dated production values, and the instrumental passages and tunes are far superior to the somewhat cheesy, melodramatic vocal segments. You don't have to know the history to enjoy this blast from the past, but it adds a little color to the experience. ~ Jonathan Widran Includes liner notes by Phil Clendeninn. Personnel: Delores Smith, Irene Datcher (vocals); Ryo Kawasaki (guitar); Fred Miller (English horn); Marvin Blackman (saxophone); Justo Almario (soprano saxophone); Phil Clendeninn (piano, keyboards). Audio Remixer: Phil Clendeninn. Liner Note Author: Phil Clendeninn. Recording information: Downtown Sound, New York, NY (07/??/1976-03/15/1977). Photographers: Rollo Phlecks; Liza Stelle. Tarika Blue: Irene Datcher (vocals); James Mason (guitar); Fred Miller (English horn); Marvin Blackman (alto & tenor saxophone); Justo Almario (soprano saxophone); Phil Clendeninn (piano, keyboards); Barry Coleman (bass); Kevin Atkins (drums); Melvin Speller (percussion).
Very Best of Tarika Blue Very Best of Tarika Blue CD (2001)
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Best of Tarika Blue Best of Tarika Blue Vinyl LP (2001)
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Tarika Blue discography Track Listing of songs: Love It; Truth Is the Key; Dreamflower; You'll Be with ...

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Popular or famous Tarika Blue music songs: Love It, Truth Is The Key, Things Spring, Dreamflower, You'll Be With Me, Blue Neptune, Downtown Sound. More music songs Revelation, Charlie, My Love Is So Free, Sunshower, Jimi, Out of This World, Sun Thru Winter. See All Songs

Tarika Blue CD discography Key Personnel

Member NameWorked With
Justo AlmarioDianne Reeves, Cachao, Randy Crawford, Pete Escovedo, Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Jose Rizo's Mongorama, Poncho Sanchez, Ersi Arvizu, Roy Ayers, Eva Ayllon
Delores Smith
Irene Datcher
Marvin Blackman
Phil Clendeninn
Barry Coleman
Kevin Atkins
Melvin Speller
James MasonRoy Ayers, Alexandre Desplat, Ex Cathedra, James Mason (Guitar), John Lithgow, Cafe Tacuba, Safety Word Orange, Jill Scott
Ryo KawasakiCamila Benson, Chip Shelton, Ryo Kawasaki Trio, Joe Lee Wilson, George Evans, Gil Evans, Elvin Jones, Satoh Mitsuhiko
Fred MillerJackie Gleason, Brother Joe May, Rick Nelson, Johnny Lytle, Sallie Martin

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