Lee Sklar on Tim Weisberg

Legendary bassist Lee Sklar has a YouTube channel where he talks about the legion of musicians he’s worked with. He also plays his bass line on the Phil Collins videos I’ve watched.

Last week, he posted a video about a recording he played on that the audience of this site will especially appreciate. It was the 1989 album by flute player Tim Weisberg, Outrageous Temptations. According to his website, Tim is “is widely considered one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion.” On this recording, you’ll hear a lot of great flute and also a lot of David Benoit (who Sklar keeps pronouncing Ben-OY instead of Ben-WAH) and Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons. In addition to playing, Benoit and Freeman wrote and arrange much of the music.  It’s a great throwback to their sound then. 

Outrageous Temptations by Tim Weisberg

The Benoit/Freeman topped the chart 25 years ago

The top ten contemporary jazz recordings from the week of Feb. 13, 1994!

The Benoit/Freeman Project
  1. David Benoit and Russ Freeman, The Benoit/Freeman Project
  2. Nelson Rangell, Yes Then Yes
  3. Tom Scott, Reed My Lips
  4. Richard Smith, From My Window
  5. Torcuato Mariano, Paradise Station
  6. Marcus Miller, The Sun Don’t Lie
  7. Yellowjackets, Run for Your Life
  8. Fourplay, Between the Sheets
  9. Gary Burton/Rebecca Parris, It’s Another Day
  10. Charles Michael Brotman, Pacific Rendezvous

Top Contemporary Jazz – 15 Years Ago

Here are the top selling contemporary jazz recordings as listed by Billboard on March 2, 2002. The Pat Metheny Group’s Speaking of Now debuted at #1.

  1. Pat Metheny Group –  Speaking Of Now
  2. Boney James – Ride
  3. Chris Botti – Night Sessions
  4. Various Artists –  Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 1
  5. Walter Beasley – Rendezvous
  6. David Benoit – Fuzzy Logic
  7. Andre Ward Orpheus – Feelin’ You
  8. Peter White – Glow
  9. The John Scofield Band – Uberjam
  10. St. Germain – Tourist

Speaking of Now from the Pat Metheny Group