Masterjam

Masterjam

by Rufus & Chaka Khan Rufus & Chaka Khan
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Overview

As Khan released her first solo album, I'm Every Woman, the band released 1978's Numbers, sans Khan, and it went absolutely nowhere. Masterjam finds them back together, renamed Rufus and Chaka, with Quincy Jones producing the effort. Khan had worked with Jones on his 1978 album, Sounds...And Stuff Like That. The most striking thing about Masterjam is that is doesn't sound like a trademark Rufus effort. Jones' production style is so strong that the band's individual sound is all but lost. It's nothing to cry about, since Jones was at his R&B/pop peak and Rufus couldn't do it any better on their own. The album's first track is "Do What You Love What You Feel," with its subtle horn riffs arranged by Jerry Hey and vocals from guitarist Tony Maiden and Khan. On a track somewhat close to a ballad, the brilliantly arranged "Heaven Bound," Jones gets a good raw vocal from Khan. A frequent Jones collaborator, Rod Temperton, offers the title track and the even better "Live in Me." The album's only low point was a cover of Jones' own "Body Heat." On this version the pace is quickened, inexplicably turned into disco which revealed the lyrics to be paper-thin. Although Masterjam was just more of a Quincy Jones album than a Rufus effort, this ended up being one of the groups' last successful full-studio endeavors.


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Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/1993
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811076320
catalogNumber: 10763
Rank: 63849

Tracks

  1. Do You Love What You Feel
  2. Any Love
  3. Heaven Bound
  4. Walk the Rockway
  5. Live in Me
  6. Body Heat
  7. I'm Dancing for Your Love
  8. What Am I Missing?
  9. Masterjam

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Seawind   Horn
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Richard Heath   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Louis Johnson   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Tony Maiden   Guitar,Vocals
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Kevin Murphy   Keyboards,Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Sid Sharp   Strings,Concert Master
Sidney Sharp   Concert Master
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
George A. Johnson   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Bobby Watson   Bass,Vocals
Larry Hall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Larry Williams   Flute,Saxophone,Wind
David Wolinski   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rufus   Director,rhythm arrangement
Quincy Jones   Producer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Chaka Khan   Arranger,Director
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tony Maiden   Arranger
Kevin Murphy   Arranger
John "J.R." Robinson   Arranger
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Arranger
George Fischoff   Composer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Arranger,String Arrangements
George Osaki   Art Direction
Bobby Watson   Arranger
David Wolinski   Arranger,Composer

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