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A few years ago, Al got the idea of putting together a
group of hand-picked musicians to jam around town.
The first time the band went out,
they did a few Southern California dates and then toured extensively in Japan and the
Philippines. The Al McKays All-Stars, in various configurations, has been back to the Far East at least
once a year since their first visit.
Al McKays AllStars 2002
album "Al Dente" (Videoarts Music VACM-1167) is out in
Japan. It contains 6 new songs and 6 old EWF classics with new
arrangements (Getaway, September, Evil, Fantasy, Singasong and Love's
Holiday). The new 6:44 version of "Evil" is a killer with it's
excellent horn arrangement, and alone worth the whole
Al McKay Allstars: Live At Mr. Fuji Jazzfestival 2002 is out in Japan (Videoarts
Music VACM-1229) [Tracklist]
The DVD "Al
McKay Allstars: Live in Kaunas
Jazz 2004" is a kick ass performance by Al and his 13 piece All-Stars band including Michael
Harris and Michael Rahmlee Davis of the Phenix Horns. Recorded in the spring
2004 at the Kaunas Jazz Festival in Lithuania. PCM stereo and (a very good)
5.1 surround mix. The playlist is perfect and the concert is an excellent EWF
experience indeed! [Tracklist] [www.kaunasjazz.lt]
There's supposedly a new Al McKay AllStars album coming up. It
will probably contain a song written by Maurice White and Al McKay, that was
born during the recording sessions for the EWF album "The Promise".
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For a while Johnny Graham was playing
together with Al McKay, Freddie White on drums, Andrew Woolfolk on sax
and The Phenix Horns (Rhamlee Davis & Michael Harris). Wayne Vaughn, keyboard
player on Raise! and Powerlight, and co-writer of "Let's Groove" says: "I
saw Johnny Graham two years ago at the NAMM Show Convention and he told me then that he
was recording in Japan and had a new record deal there. I think the album was titled
"The Johnny Graham Show". Picture showing
Johnny playing with Japanese band Soul Sauce. Read 2004 interview for
In 1990 Larry Dunn worked with French drummmer/composer Marc Cerrone for a big
new age show in Tokyo (much like the Jean Michel Jarre Show). The show was shown on French
TV. The other musicians were from the 70's rock band Yes.
Larry Dunn's solo album Lover's Silhouette has
now also been
released in the US. (Another Hit Records, AHR-5006) The album was out in Europe in 1993 on
the 101 South Records label. (101S 877071 2). Cover versions of "Let's Groove"
and "Fantasy" has been added on the US release. More about Larry
Currently playing drums with The LA All Stars , together with Al
McKay on guitar, Andrew Woolfolk on sax, Johnny Graham on guitar and The Phenix Horns
(Rhamlee Davis & Michael Harris)
Andrew Woolfolk did play and tour with Phil Collins in the 80's. Andrew is
currently playing sax with The LA All Stars, toghether with Al
McKay on guitar, Freddie White on drums, Johnny Graham on guitar and The Phenix Horns
(Rhamlee Davis & Michael Harris)
Don Myrrick was killed July 30, 1993.
The family of Donald Myrick, who was shot to death in a police raid, settled
a wrongful-death lawsuit in 1995 against the city of Santa Monica, CA. for
$400,000. The settlement came ending litigation brought by Myrick's mother,
wife and three daughters. Myrick, a saxophonist with EWF's Phenix Horns and
who also performed on the Phil Collins hit "One More Night", was killed July
30, 1993 while police were serving a search warrant. Police said Officer
Gary Barbaro fired one shot also played after mistaking a butane lighter in
Myrick's hand for a weapon. Donald is laid to rest in the Inglewood
across the street from the Great Western Forum, home of the Los Angeles Lakers.
3rd April 1937, Shaw, Mississippi.
Died 27th September 2004, Chicago.
In the late 60s, Louis was a member of the group The Pharaohs. He also
often contributed to sessions at Chicago's Chess studios, and when Maurice
White recorded a demo for a new band he wanted to form, Louis appeared on
it. Maurice's group were later to become EWF, and Louis - together with The
Pharaohs Don Myrrick, Yehudah Ben Israel and Rahm Lee, plus Michael Harris -
were hired by White as the Phenix Horns.
Louis, along with Rahmlee Davis, have recently been in court with Phil
Collins regarding a live album and alleged overpaid royalties dating back to
1990. London High Court Justice Jonathan Parker ruled that defendants Louis Satterfield and Rahmlee Davis -- both former members of EWF -- would not be responsible for paying back any of the money (some $385,000), which were overpaid to them by Collins. Although Collins was not seeking repayment of
previously paid-out monies, he was seeking a declaration that no further payments be made to the musicians, and on that front he won.
While defending their case, Satterfield and Rahmlee had claimed they were
owed royalties from all 15 tracks on the Serious Hits -- Live album as
opposed to only the five tracks they performed on. Parker disagreed.
The original dispute in the case arose after an accounting error was discovered, showing the defendants had been overpaid $345,000. Phil Collins Ltd.'s chief accountant then informed the defendants by letter that said overpayment would be recouped from "future royalties earned." Parker agreed, although he stated Collins' claim was limited to one half of that amount and that it was "highly improbable" that
any future royalty payments would ever cover that sum.
Jessica Cleaves replaced Sherry Scott after quitting then-popular R&B/pop
quartet Friends Of Distinction. She appeared on both EWF albums Last
Days And Time and Head To The Sky. In 1973, by the time EWF went in to record Open
Your Eyes, Jessica Cleaves had left, disappearing one night after a gig in Boston. As it
turned out, she'd gotten married, moved to Detroit, and later went on to work with George
Clinton. Maurice decided not to replace her with another female singer. She did an album
(?) back in 1978 produced by Walter 'Junie' Morrison from Clinton's P-Funk army.
Jessica can also be heard on both "George Clinton Presents Our Gang Funky"
(1989) and Fred Wesley's 1995 album, "Say Blow by Blow Backwards". Jessica Cleaves passed away
in Los Angeles on May 5th 2014. She was 65. [Check out the
Sherry Scott was EWF's first female vocalist (1970-1972) and writer
of their first major hit "I Think About Loving You". She is alive and well, and
living in Chicago. [Check
Roland Bautista, who was a member of EWF at various times in the
70s and 80s, died of natural causes 12. Feb. 2012 in Las Vegas. He played on
"Last Days and Time" (1972) but left the band soon after it's release. He
released two solo albums on ABC Records, "Bautista" (1977) and "The Heat Of
The Wind (1978). He also worked as a guitar player for the Ronnie Laws Band,
The Crusaders, Jackson 5, Lamont Dozier, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Crawford,
George Duke, Wayne Henderson and Hubert Laws. Bautista returned to EWF in
1981 replacing fellow rhythm guitarist Al McKay and performed on Raise!
(1981), Powerlight (1982) and Electric Universe (1983).
Not really a member, but...
Keyboard player and co-writer of "Let's Groove", and a lot of other
songs from that EWF period, has been working on some new material. The album
titled "3 Generations Of Groove" [L& R Records 1998] and includes a re-recording of "Let's
Groove" with The Emotions
doing the hooks. Vaughn also played keyboards on both Raise! and Powerlight.
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Co-producer and session keyboard player from the early days died May 17th. 1976.