Written by Eric Tagg
“Eric, I remember him being an amazing singer! He had great taste in music. My favorite track that we did together was ‘Mr. Briefcase,’ a very tricky and complicated song.”
from DAVID FOSTER
written by David Foster & Michael Landau
David Foster’s 1985 instrumental hit, “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire,” gave the Canadian super-producer the chance to record a whole album of evocative instrumental themes for Atlantic Records. Aptly titled David Foster, it was the introduction of Foster’s multiple talents to mainstream audiences after more than a decade of hard work in the studio as session player, writer, producer and arranger. David Foster featured Foster’s keyboard wizardry using all the advanced technology of those days including synths and sequencers such as the Fairlight CMI, Linn drum machine, Kurzweil, Roland Jupiter-8, Wendell Junior, Emulator 3, as well as many others. Although the sound result may be a tad cold for today’s ears, it was a standard of excellence back in the day. Foster’s superior art of composing and arranging came through beautifully. The rock/fusion landscapes of “Playing With Fire” from David Foster is the pick for this week’s review.
from MR. BRIEFCASE/GOOD QUESTION (single)
written by Lee Ritenour
The ear-candy, pop/rock rhythms of Lee Ritenour’s “Mr. Briefcase” was the subject of one of the earlier reviews back in 2003. This week, “Good Question” was mined as another song from the legendary guitarist’s 1981 Rit album.
from THE SYMPHONY SESSIONS
Written by David Foster & Lee Ritenour
This Song of the Week review is “Time Passing,” another of the gorgeous instrumentals from David Foster’s seminal cd, The Symphony Sessions. Released in 1988, this project features the great work of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It is also the perfect opportunity for the gifted music-maker to showcase his classical background.
from FEEL THE NIGHT
Written by Lee Ritenour & Don Grusin
At the end of the seventies, David Foster was building a solid reputation as a gifted songwriter and producer in the pop/rock and R&B fields. Foster was also still part of the A-list in the Los Angeles session world playing keyboards on several high profile releases. He was rightly considered one of the best pop piano players around and his virtuoso skills were enlisted on a wide palette of styles including jazz/fusion projects. Lee Ritenour was another world-class session ace of that decade and Rit’s guitar along with Foster’s keyboards appeared together on several hit records.