Mazarati

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Mazarati
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres R&B, funk, soul, new wave, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Band
Years active 1986–1989
Labels Paisley Park/Warner Bros., Motown
Associated acts Prince, Brownmark, The Revolution, The Time, Klymaxx, Bernadette Cooper, The Wild Pair
Past members Lenny Holmes - Lead Guitar Sir Casey Terry (Vocals)
Jerome "Romeo" Cox (Bass)
Craig "Screamer" Powell (Lead guitar)
Kevin Patricks (Drums)
Tony Christian (Rhythm Guitar) (born Bruce DeShazer)[1]
Marr Starr (Keyboards)
Aaron Paul Keith (Keyboards)
Sir Casey Terry (Lead vocals)

Mazarati was an American R&B band formed in the mid-1980s by former Prince and The Revolution bassist Brownmark. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, they are now defunct as a group. The band's sole hit was a song called "100 MPH", which was written and co-produced by Prince.

1986: "MAZARATI" and Paisley Park[edit]

The band is notable for some of the songs that they did not release. They were originally given the song "Kiss" by Prince in demo form. They transformed the brief bluesy track into a unique funk number. After hearing their work on the demo, Prince took the song back, added a guitar break and his trademark falsetto vocals and released the song on his Parade (1986), where it became a No. 1 hit single and Grammy Award winner. Mazarati's background vocals are even kept intact and were credited on the album. Another song given to Mazarati was an out-take from The Time called "Jerk Out". Their take on the song never made the album, but the track was redone in 1990, once again with The Time who scored their biggest hit with the track, which reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Mazarati's backing vocals were also kept on the released version. Mazarati are name checked on the Prince penned Sheila E. track "Love on a Blue Train".

On July 1, 1986, the group performed "Players' Ball," "I Guess It's All Over," and "100 MPH" live at the premiere party of the movie Under the Cherry Moon, held at the Centennial Theater in Sheridan, Wyoming as part of an MTV contest.[2] A few other live concerts took place that year.

1989: "MAZARATI 2", Motown Records and Split[edit]

The band continued after its association with Prince and signed with Motown Records releasing their second album, Mazarati 2 (1989), including the singles "The Saga Of A Man" and "The Woman Thang".[3] This project reflects the music of that era which was directing to the new jack swing-genre. Brown Mark and former Klymaxx-founding member Bernadette Cooper both worked as producers on this album. The project experienced little success, and since the distribution of the LP and CD seems to be limited in quantity and exclusively released as a promo in Canada (before it was withdrawn), these original copies are in demand by collectors.

Members Marvin Gunn and Tony Christian, also known as Bruce DeShazer, formed the musical duo The Wild Pair and recorded a 1989 song with Paula Abdul, "Opposites Attract", for which they voiced the animated MC Skat Kat in the video.[1][4]

The Prince Family Reunion at the Cabooze was the venue where they reunited and performed again. The tickets were being sold for $2 and they dedicated Christian's house for rehearsals of their live performances.[4]

The Mazarati albums have yet to be reissued due to the collapse of the label and of its joint venture with Warner Bros. Records. In 1990 the first album appeared on CD in Japan through WEA International.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Players' Ball" / "I Guess It's All Over" (1986), Paisley Park
  • "100 MPH" / "Don't Leave Me Baby" (1986) No. 19 U.S. R&B, Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
  • "Stroke" / "Champagne Saturday" (1986), Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
  • "The Saga of a Man" (1989), Motown
  • "The Woman Thang" (1989), Motown

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bruce Deshazer". Discogs.org. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  2. ^ "One-Off Performance". prince vault. 
  3. ^ "Mazarati - Mazarati 2". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b Gabler, Jay (2009-05-31), "The return of Mazarati: "Y'all don't think they're funky? You're wrong!"", TC Daily Planet, retrieved 2013-09-18 
  5. ^ "Mazarati - Mazarati". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 

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