The rhythm group I have chosen for my fantasy band is Stuff. With Steve Gadd playing drums (who has worked extensively with Steely Dan), along with bassist Gordon Edwards (who also worked occasionally with Steely Dan), and keyboardist Richard Tee (another known collaborator with Steely Dan) they prove themselves, individually and as a whole to be more than capable of providing, almost effortlessly, a flawless groove that satisfies not only the amazingly high standards that Donald Fagen set (and continues to set) for Steely Dan, but for all other artists they have worked for individually and as a given preset of musicians.
For my main performer, I seriously considered Dr. Dre as a front man, as he would bring together two seemingly alien styles of music and no-doubt has the talent to make any jazz-funk groove into something amazing. However, I have chosen James Taylor as the face of my fantasy band. James Taylor will bring a folky, but blues-funk inspired air to add to the already jazz-funk heavy influence of Stuff.
I would like this combination of amazingly different yet oddly similar-in-thought musicians to play a mixture of James Taylor’s classic songs with a newfound representation of the original musical interpretation, while also creating new music together in order to display the wonderful ideas and unconventional genius that can be achieved when one steps away from what may not be their comfort zone.
James Taylor is no stranger to soul/blues music, as proven by his Covers album, however, the addition of Stuff will provide another very strict style of groove to his repertoire.
I would call this collaboration album James’s Stuff. James Taylor will clearly be the leading force in marketing, using his social presence on Facebook and other avenues to create awareness and interest in the album. In addition to that, I have no doubt that James Taylor’s current record label will launch it’s own marketing campaign involving Twitter and YouTube advertisement.
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