Paul Simon / One Trick Pony

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Essentially this soundtrack slab captures the core iconic jazz/funk ensemble Stuff (Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Eric Gale) with Paul Simon up front, Tony Levin in the bass chair in place of Gordon Edwards, and a host of heavy New York City session cats at the top of their game.

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Though somewhat derided upon its 1980 release - both the album and film stand as terrific time-capsules. Levin magnificently adopts Edwards’ lower register, staccato groove approach – any bassist worth his salt from my generation would fail a blindfold test.

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Among rhymin’ Simon’s all-star roster include Patti Austin, Joe Beck, Hiram Bullock, David Sanborn, Randy and Michael Brecker, and bassist Anthony Jackson on the cut “Oh Marion.” Lou Reed’s hysterical cameos in the flick alone are worth the price of admission. And the whole shebang was produced by Phil Ramone.      

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