Called jazz-fusion back in 1979 this Album released by Sony Music in 1979 made some waves.
Ryo Kawasaki was already famous because of his playing with Gil Evans and Elvin Jones. No one knew me. So being featured was a very big deal.
Recorded at Power Station Studio in New York City in 1979 the album contains compositions by Ryo and vocals by me. I also wrote most of the lyrics on this album.
We spent a lot of time in Ryo’s apartment in Union Square writing the songs, arranging and rearranging them in different ways till Ryo felt they were perfect. I wrote the lyrics pretty much at one go, because that’s how words come out of my head. In a stream of gobbledygook (some call it consciousness), and I remember it was a lot of fun. It was the first time I really sank my teeth into an album, even though Ryo had featured me earlier on an album called ‘Ring Toss.’
This felt like it was more ‘real’ somehow because I did so much singing and also because Ryo actually wrote a three part-suite called ‘Dreams For Radha.’
That’s the first and last song trilogy anyone has written for me, as far as I know.
Featuring some real heavyweights (notice I am last) of the time, they include:
- Ryo Kawasaki – electric guitar, acoustic guitar
- Leon Pendarvis – electric piano, arrangement
- Anthony Jackson – bass guitar
- Harvey Mason – drums
- Rubens Bassini – percussion
- Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
- Radha Shottam (Radha Thomas) – vocals