Friday, 29 April 2011
SoulNRnB's Great Producers 14: Leon Sylvers
Looks like William and Kate are having a house party tonight at thier mums house and they could do worse than stick this mix of tunes produced by the great Leon Sylvers.
The musical influence behind SOLAR records (Sounds of Los Angeles Records) and member of the family group The Sylvers, Leon produced some of my favorite works of my teenage years, including one of my all time groups, Shalamar.
Leon combined funky, bass heavy tracks, with lush strings and horn sections, whilst all the time making sure the songs and melodies were strong. Didn't hurt that he worked with great vocalists (Like Howard Hewett, Gladys Knight etc) and great arrangers like Jerry Peters.
This man created a sound, like the other great producers in these mixes, but also wrote and played.He recently came back to producing for N'Dambi's "Pink Elephant" LP, and it couldnt make me happier.
It's our 2nd Birthday Next week. Time flies. Ill have a special 40th Street Sounds Mix, and Grizz will have his usual class for you earlier in the week.
SoulNRnB's Great Producers 14 - Leon Sylvers