Title Of Album: Side By Side
Year Of Release: 1997
Genre: Smooth Jazz / Funk
Format: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Bitrate: Lossless / CBR 320 kBit/s
Total Time: 48:55 min
Total Size: 315 MB / 111 MB
1. Side By Side [07:22]
2. Struttin' [05:26]
3. You're The Love Of My Life [04:48]
4. French Valet [05:46]
5. One Last Cry [04:37]
6. Intimate Strangers [05:56]
7. Here's To You [08:17]
8. Almost Brazil [06:41]
Michael White (drums);
David Sanborn, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum (saxophone);
Michael Paulo (saxophone, horns);
Derrick Edmondson, Reggie C., Michael "Patches" Stewart, Ray Brown (horns);
Doc Powell, Dwight Sills, Eric Gale , Allen Hinds, Paul Jackson, Jr., Wah-Wah Watson, Kevin Chokan, Ray Fuller (guitar);
Deron Johnson, Morris Pleasure (piano, keyboards);
Rick Jackson, Brian Simpson (keyboards);
George Duke (mini-Moog synthesizer);
Don Alias, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion);
Laurnea Wilkerson, Sharon Young, Cynthia Calhoun, Jessica Williams (vocals);
Audio Mixer: Michael White.
For many musicians, there comes a time when being a successful sideman isn't enough and a true artist with a unique voice emerges. For Michael White, drummer extraordinaire whose multi-faceted resume as a touring and session player has encompassed a versatile blend of Rock, Country, R&B and Jazz for over fifteen years, that time is now.
"After so many years playing on other 's projects, I'm looking forward to sharing my own music with the audience, " says Michael. It's like most of the work I do in contemporary Jazz, live and in the studio - no sequencers, no overdubs or sampling, no frills, just solid playing by great musicians. I bring a spirit to my music. I put all my heart and soul into a unique sense of groove. I go by feel, trying to make the music just feel good. If you feel good, everything else comes easy. If a tune isn't grooving, then it is hard to focus on the strength of the lead instrument. But if you've got the flow happening, it sets up an even pace for everything."
Michael, who is also a world class percussionist versed in Reggae, Latin and Brazilian Jazz, grew up in Chicago and began playing drums at age four. Influenced by the city's lively music scene and inspired by legends like Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Elvin Jones, as well as Coltrane and Miles, he was always active in school and neighborhood bands the same. He earned several scholarships, including one to the American Conservatory of Music, a prestigious Chicago music college, where he solidified his drumming skills and learned about composition, mallets, and piano playing. From local gigs, playing with the likes of Ramsey Lewis, word of his talent spread and soon he was too busy working and was forced to drop out of school. Soon he was laying down grooves for some of Chicago highest profile artists, among those being The Dells, Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, and Jerry Butler. Michael went on his first tour during this time with Denise Williams and a tour with Lou Rawls and Curtis Mayfield soon followed.
He ventured to Los Angeles in 1982, where he put to test his credo that "To be a working musician you can't be one - DIMENSIONal." During a gig at a Chicago club Phil Upchurch told Michael that if he came to LA, he would offer him a regular Sunday gig at the Baked Potato, which would offer the young musician maximum exposure to the cities top musicians. He took the bait, and was soon embarking on a whirlwind career - alternating studio, movie scores and jingle dates with extensive touring with the who's who of modern music.
The litany of Michael White's studio and live association over the years is staggering in its versatility and adaptability to all genres. Of his ability to play in such diverse settings, Michael comments, "It's all music to me. As a drummer the main thing I think about is the groove! Everything else is just icing on the cake. "
The evolution is complete. An amazing drummer and one of the most accomplished sideman in the business, has finally stepped out.