Friday, May 13, 2016

Jeff Kent - August 14, 1948 - May 5th 2016 A Tribute by Rob Paparozzi


Published on May 12, 2016
Song: from Pierce Arrow LP 1977
Columbia Records STILL I LOVE YOU by Jeff Kent

Bass, Vocals – Doug Lubahn
Drums – Bobby Chouinard
Electric Piano, Vocals – David Buskin
Lead Guitar – Werner Fritzsching*
Mandolin, Vocals – Robin Batteau
Words By, Music By, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals – Jeff Kent 

Jeff Kent Biography Composer/Lyricist/Arranger, Award-winning Producer, Vocals/Keys/Guitar, Creative Consultant Dreams In 1970, Jeff formed his first successful recording band Dreams as a power trio that included Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra) and Doug Lubahn (recording bassist for the Doors and Billy Squier). Dreams augmented their sound with a horn section consisting of the legendary Barry Rogers (Eddie Palmieri, Saturday Night Live Band), Michael Brecker (Paul Simon, McCoy Tyner, The Brecker Brothers, and Grammy award-winning Jazz solo albums), and his brother Randy Brecker (Average White Band, Horace Silver, BS&T, and The Brecker Brothers). Jazz legend John Abercrombie also played guitar and Eddie Vernon sang on lead vocals. Dreams earned its place in the history of rock/jazz fusion with two legendary Columbia albums that featured a majority of Jeff’s compositions. The vinyl versions of the albums are now highly sought collectors’ items.

Rob Paparozzi Tribute: I am posting this tonight for my friend AG Kent who lost his Brother this week to a tuff battle with his health. I was honored to know Jeff Kent and he helped me and MANY others trying to break into the New York Music Scene in the 70's and 80's & 90's. Jeff was one of the "architects of the 70's NY Music Scene", very skillfully and tastefully merging Pop/Rock/Jazz/Fusion/Blues with his expert songwriting skills. Co-writing with NY's finest like Ellie Greenwich. Jeff was sought out by artists like John Waite, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler and many more as you'll see from this playlist I created that it's just the TIP of the iceberg of his long and prolific career in Music. If anyone has more videos for me to add just let me know and we'll keep adding to this amazing playlist celebrating his Music.

Jeff's younger brother Andrew Kent was a drummer and we would Jam at his place in NJ (69-70) when we were learning our craft. At the time there were 3 drummers we were Jamming with in West Orange. Andrew Kent, Jim Jacobus and Max Weinberg all were excellent at their own styles. One night at Andrew's his older brother who had just signed a major label deal with his band "Dreams" stopped by to hear us play. He was polite and encouraging but that was the last I saw of him until the mid 80's. A talented bunch of players I knew had signed on with "David Clayton Thomas and Blood Sweat & Tears" after leaving Music School. They worked every weekend flying around the world, I got a call from the drummer Tom DeFaria who told me the gig with BS&T was great but the guys wanted to play some Blues and asked if I'd front their band and teach them some cool Blues Tunes.
They were all sharing a house in North Jersey and thought he'd name the band "The Hudson River Rats". We played a few Jersey Bars and then our Guitarist Steve Conte called me and asked if I'd do a few Wedneday Night Jams in NYC with Jeff Kent Hosting and MC'ing. Since it was NYC Jeff Kent thought we should and some Horns and Special Guests. Our band was myself, John Conte on Bass & Vocals, Steve Conte, Guitar & Vocals, Glenn McClelland-Piano. Horns were: Denny Morouse-Tenor Sax, Tom Timko-Alto Sax, Crispin Cioe-Baritone Sax, Vinnie Cutro-Tpt. Our Special Guest was Jon Paris and boy we played some BLUES! Other Guests Jeff Kent recruited were: Bette Sussman, Danny Draher, Elaine Caswell John Putnam, Mark Grandfield, Phoebe Snow, Chrissy Faith, Patty Darcy, Carole King, Cyndi Lauper Will Lee, Blue Lou Marini, David Johanson, David Clayton Thomas, Willy Deville, Richard T. Bear, Miriam Valle, Julian Lennon, Don Brooks, Jeff Ganz, Bernard Purdie, Richie Hayworth, Reese Wynan, Bobby Nathan, Charlie Musselwhite and a ton of others I'm forgetting that Jeff worked with in the studios. The Jam got so big we had to take it uptown to the Lone Star Roadhouse. What a scene...Thank You Jeff and RIP you are already missed. I got together in 89' with Jeff and we wrote a song. Sort of a tribute to the legend of Robert Johnson titled "Hellhound Jubilee" it was only a demo done in his apartment but I included it here and who knows maybe I'll record it with a band someday in honor of Jeff Kent...Condolences to the Family Andrew.

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