February 1st is the birthday of several great musicians, like saxophonist Sadao Watanabe from Japan who turns 82 today. Another saxophonist, but from another generation, is Joshua Redman who celebrates his 46th birthday today.
And then there are two artists who are no longer with us but who keep on fascinating us with their timeless records: Singer, songwriter, composer and producer Rick James would be 67 today. He died much too soon in 2004 and he’s forever being remembered for starting the career of one of my all-time favorite artists: Teena Marie. And Joe Sample, the brilliant keyboardist and composer and founder of The Crusaders who was born on February 1st, 1939 in Houston, Texas where he also died in September of last year. He has recorded a vast amount of unforgettable albums.
Gina is posing here with two LPs: to the left is “Fire It Up”, the 1979 Motown album by Rick James, and to the left Joe Sample‘s first solo album from 1978, “Rainbow Seeker”.