A new joint by Mic Gillette
Al Carlos Hernandez
I usually don't do music reviews.My Homie Frankie Firme has got that on lock, but I did want to bring to your attention one of my new favorites.
Published on LatinoLA: June 4, 2006
For those who are not faddish and mindless music lemmings, for those adventurous enough to experience top quality urban music, journeyman Brass Master Mic Gillette has put out his first CD called Ear Candy and it is really good.
MG was a member of the original Tower of Power horn section. Over the years he has played Trombone/ Trumpet with almost everybody in the music business and many of his compatriots from over the years including; Bill Champlin (Chicago, Sons of Champlin), Chester Thomson, Karl Perrazo (Santana) Marc Russo, (Doobie Brothers) Paul Jackson, Greg Adams, Lenny Williams, Skip Mesquite, David Garibaldi, Rocco and a reunion of the original Tower of Power horn section, contribute to this melodically funky and sophisticated horn slathered, funk fused electrifying ride.
MG dips deep into the James Brown play book selling authentic West Coast styled blistering renditions of the JB classics, ?Funky Good time?, and the masterfully Greg Adams arranged double-negative extra greasy ?I don?t want nobody to give me nothing, Open the door I?ll get it myself ?.
After circumnavigating the world several times over as a first chair, first ticket rock star during the 70tys and 80tys, a soul survivor, he hung up his horn to raise his daughter, Megan. Knowing when to hold them, when to fold them, when to walk away and when to run suited him well, as he still has the chops, for Mic it seems like the best is yet to come.
Throughout the years the music muse never left him. He like many of us who always wanted to write the great American novel, scale Mount Everest, or shoot six strokes under par. He kept his artistic dream of a someday solo CD to himself, allowing the concept to breathe grow and nurture, all the while gathering a bouquet of hand picked material that comes full bloom via the new Ear Candy CD. The someday is now and is produced by Mic an originally independent effort with allot of help for some good friends.
The best joints for me on the CD is not the James Brown Oakland throw down covers, or the David Gates, ?If?? (A Smooth Jazz a play list must), or even the Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer, Latin Bop ?It had Better be Tonight?.
As a hopelessly romantic Benz driving baby boomer the best cuts on the CD are the Mic and Julia Gillette penned tunes, ?I like that? vocally owned almost angelically by Lenny Williams, a song that could only be written by real lovers. The other heart handling hit is ?If only for a moment?, sung by Stroke land Super band singer Fred Ross.
The CD segue glides from tune to tune via a Funky Good Time instrumental, a good time that can slow your roll indeed. Ear Candy is a very good listen, a well thought out, cool hang mood changer, a quality effort from a guy who has been there and done that.
The CD is available at www.MicGillette.com
I got mine, you get yours.
Al Carlos Hernandez:
Al Carlos can't dance.