Sylvia St. James – Magic/Echoes & Images – EXP2CD39

Sylvia St. James – Magic/Echoes & Images – EXP2CD39


October 7th, 2014



Can’t Make You Mine
Better Things
Ghetto Lament
Let Love Groove Me
Black Diamond
Magic Minstrel
So I Say To You
Almaz Interlude
Behind My Back
Prime Time
Evening Rainbow
If You Let Me Love You
The Way To Your Heart (You’ve Got The Power)
The Bottom Line
Eastern Man

PROFILE: Sylvia was born Waukegan Illinois and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, primarily in Zion Illinois where every street is named after a character or book in the Bible. She moved to Los Angeles to explore life beyond oneself in a spiritual ‘Ashram’ community, and was compelled to follow a World revelation of music.
Sylvia met Wayne Henderson, co-writing and performing vocals for him on “Mysterious Maiden”, later a song recorded by Chico Hamilton, but initially a key track on Wayne’s “Living On A Dream” album. When Wayne’s group Side Effect needed a new vocalist, Sylvia she stepped straight in, joining the group for their last two albums at Fantasy Records, “Goin’ Bananas” and “Rainbow Visions”. As a vocalist she further demonstrated her power on “Peace Of Mind”, “Cloud Burst” and “Private World”, so when Side Effect moved to Elektra Records, Sylvia was signed independently to the label as a solo artist to release the two albums we present here.
Sylvia St. James began at Elektra on her debut album “Magic” with two further giants of jazz fusion, both also with affiliated with groups, Lenny White (Twennynine) and Larry Dunn (Earth Wind & Fire). The album also features Don Blackburn on one of the albums finest moments, “Ghetto Lament” among the ‘jamaica funk’ and the coolest quality grooves.
For her second album “Echoes & Images” Andre Fisher was brought in as producer (again with a group affiliation, this time as drummer and founder member of Rufus). The album includes her take on “Grace” a Ronnie Laws song, and one look at the credits reveal the incredible calibre of the musicians involved from the group Yellow Jackets and beyond.

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