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‘Sensational - that’s Frank Hatchett!’ These words can be found on many of the 16 albums credited to the legendary NYC jazz dancer, choreographer, and teacher to the stars - Madonna, Brooke Shields, Olivia Newton-John, and Naomi Cambell.

In the highlights compiled on this expansive double LP set, the sounds of Hatchett’s albums run the gamut from disco and funk in the 1970s to electro and proto-techno as they glide through the ’80s. Most tracks clock in at a brisk 2:30 – the ideal length for Hatchett’s classes or his students’ recital performances. Fans of library music will find a similar focus on immaculate performances, while the tightly coiled drum breaks, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and thumping 808s will send rare groove collectors into a state of head nodding bliss.

Hatchett’s name and photos may appear on the sleeves of his records like Dance Crazy, Jazz Power, or Vop Style, but he is nowhere to be found in the music contained within. Instead, these albums dating back to 1974 were recorded by studio players under the guidance of musical director Don Tipton or arranger Zane Mark. Performers include: keyboardist Fred McFarlane (Madonna, Keith Sweat, Evelyn “Champagne” King), drummer Bernard Davis (Steve Winwood, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kool & The Gang).


TRACK LISTING

6 8
Which Way Is Up
Rainforest
For The Lover In You
Ccdclip
Dance Crazy
Just Dance
Hollyrock
Break Out
Getaway
Wishing On A Star
Sams Tune
Malibu Nites
Music Is The Answer
Message From Kenya
Shamballa
The Men
We Supply
Flashy Super Groove
Stratus

Charles Ditto

In Human Terms

    In the mid-80’s, an original form of music was discovered on the midi-capable little planet of Austin, Texas. At the age of 32, Charles Ditto released his first solo album applying cutting edge computers and synthesizers of the era (Roland DX7, Roland MKS-20, Roland MKS-80, Sequential Circuits Profit 2000 along with a Macintosh SE) to create a unique and detailed world that was inspired by Cluster, Eno & The Residents. "In Human Terms" bridges the gap between contemporary classical and minimal pop. Rhythmic but melodically abstract. Microtonal and organic.
    Often described as experimental electronics, tone poems or Cyber-delic-psychotropic-avante-garde, "In Human Terms" remains very emotional, deep and different. Ditto’s music imparts a new listening experience that is still somewhat indescribable today, but remains approachable and relatable. “What makes Ditto’s music so strikingly different is his overt use of emotion, very descriptive melodies and deep atmosphere” Audio Magazine - August 1988 // “If Erik Satie had midi gear” Keyboard Magazine - April 1988 // “Brian Eno meets Seastones, but with more melody” Relix Magazine - August, 1988 // “Ditto’s choice of Synthesizer tones are at once both organic and unique” Electronic Musician - June 1988

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A:

    1. Pop - 3:15
    2. Bush - 4:50
    3. Urban - 3:50
    4. Eastern - 2:14
    5. Rock

    Side B:

    6. World Anthem - 3:43
    7. Slave Waltz - 4:03
    8. Western - 4:26
    9. Christmas Before The War - 6:31
    10. Basso Continuo - 9:20


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