Seawind (band)

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Seawind
OriginHawaii
Genres
Years active1974–1982, 2005–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteseawindjazz.com
MembersPauline Wilson
Jerry Hey
Kim Hutchcroft
Ken Wild
Bud Nuañez
Larry Williams
Bob Wilson

Seawind was an American jazz fusion band from Hawaii, consisted of its lead singer Pauline Wilson, guitarist Bud Nuañez, bassist Ken Wild, drummer Bob Wilson, keyboardist and saxophonist Larry Williams, saxophone and flute player Kim Hutchcroft, and trumpeter Jerry Hey. They recorded two albums for CTI Records, one for Horizon Records and one for A&M Records.[1]

Background[edit]

A notable part of the band's sound was the "Seawind Horns" (trumpeter Jerry Hey, sax and flute player Kim Hutchcroft, and sax, flute and keyboard player Larry Williams), who went on to provide backing instrumentals and arrangements for performers such as Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Michael Jackson (Thriller, Off the Wall and Bad), Quincy Jones and Mika. Hey left Seawind as a touring member in 1979 but continued as a recording member of the band through 1980. Trumpeter Larry Hall, an original member of the band when they were called "OX", rejoined the group in 2005. Hey and Hall are longtime friends and both are top-call recording session musicians.

When the act signed with A&M, their self-titled album yielded a single called "What Cha Doin'", which became a modest hit on Billboard's Disco/Dance Chart in November 1980, peaking at number 28. It would be the group's only single release.

In 1981, Bob & Pauline Wilson released a contemporary Christian music album, Somebody Loves You, which, although technically not a Seawind album, features the same trademark sound with the same musicians and vocalists. Seawind broke up in 1982, but reunited in 2005 for a Los Angeles concert performance and then began work on a new CD, which took them over three years to complete. Pauline Wilson is the first vocalist from Hawaii to win a Grammy award (singing a duet with George Benson on the album In Harmony – A Sesame Street Record, which won Grammy Award for Best Album for Children in 1979).

In 1995, a Seawind compilation CD Remember was released on Noteworthy Records. Remember includes five tracks recorded during sessions for their never-completed fifth album. Seawind's 2009 CD Reunion was released on Village Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US[2] US R&B[3]
Seawind
Window of a Child 122 55
Light the Light 143
Seawind 83 20
Summer Nights

(with Marlene)

Reunion
  • Released: July 7, 2009
  • Label: Village Records
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Compilation albums
  • 1995 – Remember
Singles
  • 1976 – "Make Up Your Mind"
  • 1977 – "One Sweet Night"
  • 1979 – "Hold On to Love"
  • 1980 – "What Cha Doin'"
  • 1980 – "The Two of Us"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seawind | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Seawind Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Seawind Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved August 29, 2018.

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