Gears (album)

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Gears
Studio album by Johnny Hammond
Released 1975
Recorded July 1975 at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
Genre Jazz
Funk
Length 33:19
Label Milestone Records
Producer Larry and Fonce Mizell
Johnny Hammond chronology
Gambler's Life
(1974)
Gears
(1975)
Forever Taurus
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Gears is an album by jazz keyboardist Johnny Hammond. It was released in 1975 and produced by Larry and Fonce Mizell.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Tell Me What to Do 5:16
  2. Los Conquistadores Chocolatés 5:56
  3. Lost on 23rd Street 6:36
  4. Fantasy 6:06
  5. Shifting Gears 5:19
  6. Can't We Smile 4:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Johnny "Hammond" Smith - Organ, Synthesizer, Electric Piano
  • Larry Mizell - Keyboards (Solina), Backing Vocals
  • Fonce Mizell - Clavinet, Backing Vocals
  • Jerry Peters - Electric Piano, Piano
  • Harvey Mason - Drums
  • Chuck Rainey - Electric Bass
  • Craig McMullen, John Rowin - Guitar
  • Roger Glenn - Flute, Vibraphone
  • Kenneth Nash - Cymbal, Gong, Percussion
  • Hadley Caliman - Tenor Saxophone
  • Julian Priester - Trombone
  • Michael White - Violin

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Billboard Top Jazz Albums [2] 31

Samples[edit]

Several tracks have either sampled or taken inspiration from tracks on the album, most notably "Los Conquistadores Chocolatés". A track titled "When You Gonna Learn" by UK group Jamiroquai, lead by founding member Jay Kay, has chord progressions that bear a striking resemblance to the original chord progressions of a Smith's track "Los Conquistadores Chocolatés". However, this was not by accident, as the booklet of the Acid Jazz Records release of the single bears a "special thanks" note to Smith, who gave permission to Jay Kay to use the composition's structure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theakston, Rob. Johnny Hammond: Gears > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 04 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Johnny Hammond US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 

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