Trumpets and Flugelhorn
Composer and Arranger
June of 1979 marked my first legitimate album recording date and it took place at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California for the Fantasy Studios Record label. I had just turned twenty one years-old a month earlier in May. The recording date was a 'live performance' recording " Living Proof " with the world famous soul singer artist "Sylvester". I played lead trumpet and was the section lead of five horns, two of which were regulars with the band. The band was complimented by a string section of S.F. Symphony musicians with backup vocalists called, "Two Tons O' Fun", Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, joined along with Jeannie Tracy. This live recording spanned three sides of the four for the double album set - a collector's item now.
From that date on my studio career took hold. In the span of a four year period I had performed on more than thirty (30) soul and funk fusion records including two for the band 'Collage' of which I was a founding member. This period was important for me as an aspiring young trumpeter, composer and arranger. Most of my horn arranging during this period was for three or four horns, and sometimes as large as seven horns - ex. "Imagination" - The Whispers album 'Imagination' - written and performed entirely by my band Arrival, we were later to be renamed Collage.
I left behind the 'funky soul' nightclub band music business in 1983. Keyboard synthesizers had become the new thing and thus, horns and guitars, "old shoes" were unimportant. So, as a result, an entirely new life path emerged with new and exciting opportunities in music performance and writing. Looking back I am grateful to have had those years of performing and recording experiences. Always remember this: The current state of the Funkadelic Groove is always in the here and now! - Dean