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Sy Smith featuring Rahsaan Patterson - Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)

 

 

Aquarius rising is drawn to the strange.
You immerse yourself in anything you find interesting. A social butterfly but you don’t feel like you fit in anywhere.
The only downside is your detached attitude can lead to apathy.
The best thing about you is how you think outside the box. The unorthodox way you view things can lead to wonderful discoveries.

Zo! - '...just visiting three' FREE DOWNLOAD + FULL CREDITS

ZO! - …JUST VISITING THREE (2011) (FREE DOWNLOAD)


01 BLACK COW FEAT. PHONTE AND SY SMITH

LEAD VOCAL:  PHONTE

BACKGROUND VOCALS:  SY SMITH AND PHONTE

GUITAR:  CHRIS BOERNER

TRUMPET:  STAN GRAHAM

TROMBONE:  ANDREW KLEINDIENST

SAXOPHONE:  MATT DOUGLAS

02 LET IT GO FEAT. NICHOLAS RYAN GANT

LEAD VOCAL:  NICHOLAS RYAN GANT

BACKGROUND VOCALS:  NICHOLAS RYAN GANT AND PHONTE

03 DRIVING FEAT. SY SMITH

LEAD VOCAL:  SY SMITH

BACKGROUND VOCALS:  SY SMITH AND PHONTE

FLUTE:  CLAUDIA HAYDEN

04 MARZIPAN FEAT. ERIC ROBERSON AND PHONTE

LEAD VOCAL:  ERIC ROBERSON

BACKGROUND VOCALS:  PHONTE

GUITAR:  CHRIS BOERNER

TRUMPET:  STAN GRAHAM

05 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS FEAT. PHONTE

ALL VOCALS:  PHONTE

06 SAME OLE LOVE FEAT. JEANNE JOLLY

LEAD VOCAL:  JEANNE JOLLY

BACKGROUND VOCALS:  JEANNE JOLLY AND PHONTE

ACOUSTIC GUITAR:  CHRIS BOERNER

PEDAL STEEL:  ALLYN LOVE

07 PLAYING YOUR GAME, BABY FEAT. ANTHONY DAVID

LEAD VOCAL:  ANTHONY DAVID

TRUMPET:  STAN GRAHAM

TROMBONE:  ANDREW KLEINDIENST

SAXOPHONE:  MATT DOUGLAS

ALL INSTRUMENTS BY ZO!, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED

PRODUCED BY ZO! AND PHONTE FOR CHAPTER 3HREE, VERSE 5IVE MUSIC, LLC/THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MUSIC, LLC

RECORDED AND MIXED BY ZO! AT EAST WING STUDIOS, SILVER SPRING, MD AND BY PHONTE AT THE PEANUT GALLERY

ADDITIONAL RECORDING AND MIXING BY CHRIS BOERNER AT THE BURLAP PALACE, RALEIGH, NC

MASTERING:  SOIREE RECORDS

COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY KEITH ESTEP OF KEITH ESTEP PHOTOGRAPHY

…JUST VISITING THREE THE ORIGINALS

01 BLACK COW

WRITTEN BY WALTER BECKER AND DONALD FAGEN

ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY STEELY DAN

FROM THE ALBUM “AJA” (ABC, 1977)

02 LET IT GO

WRITTEN BY JOHN LANG, RICHARD PAGE AND STEVE GEORGE

ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY PAGES

FROM THE ALBUM “PAGES” (EPIC, 1978)

03 DRIVING

WRITTEN BY BEN WATT

ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL

FROM THE ALBUM “THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE” (ATLANTIC, 1990)

04 MARZIPAN

WRITTEN AND ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY ERIC TAGG

FROM THE ALBUM “DREAMWALKIN’” (EMI, 1982)


05 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS

WRITTEN BY GEORGE MICHAEL

ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY WHAM!

FROM THE ALBUM “MAKE IT BIG” (CBS, 1985)


06 SAME OLE LOVE

WRITTEN BY MARILYN MCLEOD AND DARRYL K. ROBERTS

ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY ANITA BAKER

FROM THE ALBUM “RAPTURE” (ELEKTRA, 1986)


07 PLAYING YOUR GAME, BABY

WRITTEN AND ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY BARRY WHITE

FROM THE ALBUM “BARRY WHITE SINGS FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE” (20TH CENTURY, 1977)


© 2011 CHAPTER 3HREE, VERSE 5IVE MUSIC, LLC/THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MUSIC, LLC

Aaliyah Revisted...If You Don't Have It Your Missing Out! Get It Right Here!

          

I wanted to be shady and keep this all to myself BUT I CAN’T!!! It’s too good and ALL people should have access to GREAT MUSIC! Since the passing of Aaliyah NO ONE has came to the table with such grace and poise and the late songbird. One of my FAVORITE blogs SoulCulture compiled a tribute album of GREAT ARTIST (some ONLY known by SOULHEADS like myself) and they did Ms. Haughton justice!!!!

            

It’s a GREAT Album that they gave out FOR FREE!!!!! Here’s the download.

Download and please let me know what you think!!!!!!

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Sy Smith ft. Kat Dyson & Sheila E. - Hot In Herre (A Love Bizarre) (2014)

Studio Campfire Stories: "Black Cow" (feat. Phonte & Sy Smith)

Production work on …just visiting three began on December 22nd, 2010 following a phone conversation I had with Phonte discussing songs that I wanted to recreate for the new album. One of the songs that had my full attention at that particular time was Steely Dan’s “Black Cow.” I was already familiar with the song and the legendary Aja album that it comes from, but for some reason around this time, the song was hitting me a bit differently - I was beginning to break it down into individual parts and mapping out the different possibilities for the song in my head, which usually means that I am ready to sit down and start working on it. I took some time out to listen through it a few times to pick up on not only the instrumentation, but the overall “feel” of the record. In the past, I actually stayed away from this song because it’s one of those joints that I enjoy so much that I would want to be able to do it justice if and when I ever decided to tackle it (as was the case with Minnie Riperton’s “Perfect Angel” on …just visiting too). I’m a strong believer in completely trashing a song if I don’t feel like I’ve done it correctly. Luckily, with “Black Cow” I knew it was a keeper after I programmed the drums, then learned and recorded the bassline… Now, the TOUGHEST part about covering this song?!?! Learning. Those. Damn. Chord. Changes. Steely Dan…. WHAT were y'all ON creating this joint?! Whewww!!! Honestly, I took a couple of days to practice the chords on the keys before even sending it to Phonte as a demo run…

I finally sent the demo to Phonte as just the drums, live bass, and one keys track… We got back on the phone to discuss additions. My partner in crime, Sy Smith was scheduled to be on the East Coast to knock out a couple of solo shows, so the goal was to have her head on down to NC to record her vocals. The Foreign Exchange touring guitarist, Chris Boerner got the call to play those same chord changes overtop of my demo version… We actually laughed having to learn those changes later on at a soundcheck in Chicago… But he nailed it as usual. Next, we had to cover some of the horn parts. Phonte put in the call to the “go to” trio of woodwind instrumentalists consisting of Stan Graham on trumpet (“Flight of the Blackbyrd” & “If I Could Tell You No”), Andrew Kleindienst on trombone (“All Is Well With Love”) and Matt Douglas on saxophone came through once again… We later gave the trio a group name: Wind Parade

One of the best parts about working on a song with a vocalist or a collective of vocalists is… well, actually HEARING the vocals over your music! In this case I was extra hyped up because after working on the demo version for “Black Cow”, I immediately jumped over to start working on the music for “Marzipan.” So to have received the vocals to that FIRST joint was an accomplishment - It always kinda serves as the album’s “ice breaker” to where, this is the project’s first major progression….NOW we’re off and running. And what a helluva progression it was. To hear Phonte “Donald” Fagen holding down the lead vocals almost brought back the same feeling I had hearing his vocals for our cover of Toto’s “Africa” four years prior. Right as I was thinking and saying to myself while listening to the first couple of bars, “You’ve GOT to be kidding me…. THIS is CRA….. *out of nowhere the harmony part with Sy comes in "Yooooooooou were high!!”* ……………………*BLANK STARE* “…OH ok, these kats are TRULY whylin’ out right now!!” From there, I re-laid my key parts which included the rhodes solo, added a live hi-hat to complete the drum pattern, and some additional strings at the end to add some dynamics. I know that I’ve heard that Steely Dan isn’t too keen on people sampling them, but I would LOVE for Donald Fagen and Walter Becker to hear our version just to get their thoughts… That would be an honor.

Download …just visiting three for free here

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Sy Smith | Bounce Like My Checks

Touching Lives via Music NEVER Gets Old…

I was just sent this picture from a young lady in Rio de Janeiro of a brand new tattoo that she got that reads “Don’t ever underestimate the power of your mind…” - a quote inspired by “Greatest Weapon Of All Time” from the SunStorm album. The lyrics were written and sung by my a great friend of mine, “tourmate” and sister, Sy Smith… I’m kinda at a loss for words here… but this is real dope - AND on top of all that, the tat looks good!! According to her, “It’s a very special song… Like a way of life…" 

Wow… Talk about motivational.

Like I have said before… Sometimes we as artists are reminded why it is important to continue doing what we do. This picture and story is one concrete reminder… Made my day, completely.