Gene Dunlap – It’s Just The Way I Feel/Party In Me – EXP2CD41

Gene Dunlap – It’s Just The Way I Feel/Party In Me – EXP2CD41


October 7th, 2014



The Intro
Rock Radio
Before You Break My Heart
I Got You
Love Dancin’
It’s Just The Way I Feel
Should I Take Her Back, Should I Let Her Go
Surest Things Can Change
Party In Me
Jam City
Something Special
This One’s On Me
Take My Love
Our Moments Together
Something Inside My Head
Corner Pocket
There Will Be Another (Like You)

In a Detroit classroom, two budding musicians with a love of soul and jazz became acquainted, they were guitarist Earl Klugh and drummer Gene Dunlap In 1978 Earl was a featured artist for Blue Note on an album “Blue Note Meets The L.A. Philharmonic” supported by Gene on drums. As Earl became more established as a solo performer, Gene played for him on professional dates and the affiliation continued through Earl’s solo recordings with United Artists and Liberty, part of the Capitol Records family of labels. It was Earl who took Gene to Capitol in 1981 for the two albums presented here.
“It’s Just The Way I Feel” and “The Party In Me” come from 1981, both albums ooze the quality of the period and with the benefit of Gene’s contributions in the songwriting came the classic recordings on both. Featured vocalists include The Ridgeway Sisters (formerly Sweet Cream) and Philippe Wynne (Detroit Spinners) while also featured on the sessions are Earl’s keyboard player Mickie Roquemore, and a guitarist for Earth Wind & Fire, and other significant artists of the period, Greg Moore. In fact Greg and Gene first recorded together in 1979 for Roy Ayers on his album “Fever”, the same year Gene also played drums for Roy on “Don’t Stop The Feeling”. Here for Gene at Capitol, saxophonist Dave McMurray and percussionist Steve Thornton add their magic touches to the polished, often sensual soul and jazz from the period to be celebrated indefinitely with these albums.

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