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Donald Blackman
Donald (Don) (*1953 Jamaica, Queens, NY) was a jazz-funk pianist, singer, and songwriter. He played, while still a teenager, in McPherson's ensemble with Sam Jones and Louis Hayes. At the beginning of the 1970s, he played with Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Roy Ayers, before becoming a member of Lenny White's group Twennynine, for whom he penned songs such as "Peanut Butter" and "Morning Sunrise". He released his self-titled debut solo album in 1982 on Arista Records, including the songs "Holding You, Loving You", "Heart's Desire" and "Since You've Been Away So Long" that became minor hits in Europe.
Donald also worked as a session musician, appearing on albums by Kurtis Blow (Kingdom Blow), Bernard Wright, Najee, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Roy Ayers, Sting (Brand New Day), World Saxophone Quartet, Janet Jackson's "That's the Way Love Goes" (Remix) and Wayman Tisdale. He wrote the composition "Haboglabotribin", which appeared on Bernard Wright's album Nard and was sampled by Snoop Dogg in the song "G'z and Hustlaz", Tupac Shakur's album R U Still Down? (Remember Me), and is a featured song in the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Other performances include lead vocals on "Morning Sunrise", written by Weldon Irvine, which was sampled on the track "Dear Summer" for Memphis Bleek's album 534 featuring Jay-Z, and "Holding You, Loving You", which appeared on Master P.'s album I Got The Hook Up.
On television, he scored and wrote music for commercials, TV shows, and movies, appearing on Fox Network's New York Undercover, producing and writing the theme song for Nickelodeon's show "Gullah Gullah Island", as well as producing songs for the MTV Network movie Joe's Apartment. Donald died in 2013.
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Hip Bop Records OMCZ-16
recorded in Hoboken, NJ and River Edge, NJ/USA
Lenny White, drums, percussion
Victor Bailey, bass
Foley, bass
Nick Moroch, guitar
Donald Blackman, organ
Vince Evans, keyboards
Pete Levin, keyboards
Kelvin Sholar, keyboards
Patrice Rushen, piano, keyboards, organ
Danny Walsh, soprano sax, alto sax
Bennie Maupin, soprano sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet
Dianne Reeves, vocals
Abstract Logix AbLx 22

Lenny White, drums, keyboards, percussion
Donald Blackman, organ, piano
George Coleman, organ
George Colligan, keyboards
Vince Evans, keyboards
Jerry Z, organ
Bernard Wright, keyboards, piano, synthesizer
David Bendeth, guitar
David Gilmore, guitar
Tom Guarna, guitar
Jimmy Herring, guitar
Nick Moroch, guitar
Victor Bailey, bass
Stanley Clarke, bass
Charles Fambrough, bass
Richie Goods, bass
Tim Ouimette, trombone, trumpet
Danny Walsh, alto sax, tenor sax
Mike Clark, drums

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