Friday, 8 January 2010
SoulNRnB's Great Producers 4: Jam & Lewis
So Kashif had BT Express, Mr Saadiq had Tony Toni Tone, Marc Mac has 4Hero, and Messers Jam and Lewis started off as part of Prince Rogers Nelson's Minneapolis side project, The Time.
After a couple of great purple funk LP's, Jam & Lewis decided to branch out to writing and production for the girl band Klymaxx on Solar. Soon after they wrote and produced the 80's anthem "Just be good to me" for the SOS Band and the rest is history.
Through the 80's they wrote and produced some of the greatest RnB tunes for the likes of Alexander O Neal, Janet Jackson, Patti Austin, Thelma Houston. Through the 90's there was Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, the Sound of Blackness. Through the Noughties there was Usher, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Fire.
I can't scrape the surface of their extensive writing and production credits with a mix, so save to say these are just a FEW of my favourite tunes from them.
To me, they were groundbreaking. They invented a "sound" of their own. They influence the pop/RnB charts to this day with their use of the legendary 808 drum machine, their writing always included great hooks and melody, and they have lasted the test of time.
So, for these reasons, I add FLYTE TYME productions to my great producers list!!
Tracklist in comments.