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    Benjamin Wright's "Fireside Chat" for
    RBMA Radio (AUDIO).


    I had the pleasure of interviewing arranger/producer/composer Benjamin Wright for RBMA Radio recently. If this gentleman's name isn't immediately familiar to you, his work undoubtedly is. Those are his indelible string arrangements on Michael Jackson 's "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You," and Earth Wind & Fire 's "Boogie Wonderland" - and even Justin Timberlake 's "Mirrors" and Andre 3000 's Sinatra-style dolo endeavor, "The Love Below (Intro)." Before all that Mr. Wright was in Syl Johnson 's band the Pieces of Peace - a group that cut some amazing tracks for Syl and various other artists on the Chicago soul scene in the late '60s and early '70s (their own self-titled jazz-funk album finally seeing release via DJ Shadow and Quannum in '07). Eventually through working under legends like Charles Stepney and Donny Hathaway, Ben became an in-demand arranger (earning credits on a ton of records - including the Majestic Arrows 45 included on this mix ). Those would catch the ear of one Quincy Jones, and the rest as they say is history. The man's probably forgotten more music than most of us will ever know in our lives. Learn yourself something and hear his story.

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