Windows (musical group)

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Windows
Early Windows.jpg
Original Windows Line up
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Instrumental
Smooth jazz
Years active 1984–1996
Labels Blue Orchid, Intima, Gold Castle, Cypress, DA Music, Capitol, AMI, RCA
Past members Skipper Wise
Peter White
Derol Caraco
Ed Cohen
Mark LeVang
Gary Meek
Dave Camp
John Mahon
Tim Timmermans

Originally formed in the early 80s, the Los Angeles band Windows delivered 11 albums over the course of a dozen years. Guided by bassist/vocalist Skipper Wise and his writing partner keyboardist Ed Cohen, the group was a hybrid sound, and plumbed various forms of fusion while simultaneously examining avenues with more polish and sheen. Peter White performed regularly on many Windows albums appearing as a more or less 'permanent guest', while, in turn, Wise helped launch White's solo career producing his first two releases. Although Windows' fortunes culminated with the 1989 number one radio album “The French Laundry”, some of the finest fruits of Wise's and Cohen's creativity ripened afterward, the 1990 follow up Blue September being among those most particularly noteworthy.

History[edit]

Skipper Wise, Peter White & Ed Cohen
Windows Live in 1990

Windows, an instrumental contemporary jazz group signed with ITI Records in 1983 and included Skipper (Bassist), Ed Cohen (keyboard), Dudley Brooks (guitar), Tim Timmermans (drums) and Michael Acosta (saxophone). Windows, the self-titled album was released in 1983 on ITI Records and received positive reviews that allowed the group to play locally and create a small following. This local buzz attracted Jim Martone of the new-formed Jazz label Intima/Enigma. Windows was signed in 1984 to Intima/Capitol Records and their second album “Is It Safe” was released soon after.

Skipper Wise & Ed Cohen photographed for the album Blue September

In the summer of 1987, Windows released third album “Mr. Bongo” and it charted Number Three on the new R&R radio format charts now called N.A.C (New Adult Contemporary).

In 1989, signed to a new recording contract at A&M/Cypress records, Windows released “The French Laundry,” the first album to feature Skipper and, guest vocalist Al Stewart, on vocals on the title track.[1] The album immediately went to Number One on the radio charts and stayed there for six weeks.

In 1990, a new Windows album “Blue September” was released on Cypress/Gold Mountain records. The album peaked at Number Three on the radio charts. This album included Al Stewart, Janis Ian and Skipper singing the three vocal tracks.

In 1992 Ed Cohen left Windows. Skipper reorganized an entirely new Windows lineup which released the Album “From the Asylum” on Blue Orchid/DA Music. The album reached number 14 on the radio charts.

The seventh Windows record "My Red Jacket"[2] released in 1993.

“Live Laundry” was released in late 1994. It was composed of live performances of songs from the French Laundry record and unreleased material from that period.

The ninth Windows album “Apples and Oranges” was released in 1995 on Blue Orchid/DA Music.

“The First Three Years” a double CD, released in 1994, included the best of the first two Window’s albums and ‘Mr. Bongo” in its entirety.

In 1996, Skipper, along with Les Pierce (of Colour Club), released the eleventh and final Windows album, “A Funky Distinction.”

Discography[edit]

Year Album Details Peak Chart Positions
1983 Windows
  • Label/Catalog No.: Intima/Capitol #SJ-73219
1984 Is It Safe
  • Label/Catalog No.: Intima/Capitol #SJ-73218
1986 Mr. Bongo
  • Label/Catalog No.: Intima/Capitol #SJ-73220
#3 NAC (R&R)
1989 Tell Me, Tell Me
  • Label/Catalog No.: Cypress YY 8068
1989 The French Laundry
  • Label/Catalog No.: Cypress/A&M #YD0124
#1 NAC (R&R)
1989 Single-New Sneakers
  • Label/Catalog No.: Cypress - YD 17813
  • Format: CD single
1990 Blue September
  • Label/Catalog No.: Cypress/Goldcastle/A&M #71336
#3 NAC (R&R)
1992 Windows - The First Three Years
  • Label/Catalog No.: DA Music/Blue Orchid #2011
1992 From The Asylum
  • Label/Catalog No.: DA Music/Blue Orchid #2014
#12 NAC (R&R)
1993 My Red Jacket
  • Label/Catalog No.: DA Music/Blue Orchid #2012
1993 So Many Times - Single
  • Label/Catalog No.: Blue Orchid 2012-2
1994 Live Laundry
  • Label/Catalog No.: DA Music/Blue Orchid #2013
1995 Apples & Oranges
  • Label/Catalog No.: DA Music/Blue Orchid #2017
1996 A Funky Distinction
  • Label/Catalog No.: DA Music/Blue Orchid #2022-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dirk Sutro (1989-04-27). "Brazilian Music Is Back, and It's as Rio as It Gets". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  2. ^ Jazzlynx (2006-12-17). "Off the Cuff: Windows". Cafe Jazz Radio. Retrieved 2011-05-11.