Feb 252018

from U.S.J.
Written by Char


Virtuoso guitarist Char was rightly considered one of the most influential players on the Japanese music scene. He has had a high-profile career spanning over forty years. Char debuted in 1976 with a self-titled album and immediately caught the attention of Japan’s rock/blues music lovers with his eclectic mix of rock, funk and pop delivered with superior guitar playing up-front. Char’s skills attracted the praise of esteemed colleagues like Toto’s axe-man Steve Lukather.

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Jun 172012


written by Peter Allen, David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager

In 2010 Sony Entertainment Japan released a compilation entitled “Jay Graydon Works.” As the title suggests, this collection is a tribute to the artistry of the legendary producer/songwriter/guitar player. It presents all the most important songs of Graydon’s career like EWF’s “After The Love Is Gone,” Al Jarreau’s “Mornin’” and George Benson’s “Turn Your Love Around.” David Foster co-wrote many of Graydon’s gems and their timeless collaborations are the bulk of “Jay Graydon Works.”

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Jul 052009

Written by Bill Champlin & Alan Thicke

Bill Champlin’s solo works have always been packed with great music. His 1982 single, “Sara,” off his “Runaway” album is a sweet ballad that was perfectly suited for Pop/Adult Contemporary radios. “Sara” was co-written by Champlin with actor/TV host/singer Alan Thicke and perfectly produced by David Foster. Continue reading »

Jun 072009

Written by Steve Lukather & Jeffrey Porcaro

Ryo Okumoto is a versatile and talented Japanese keyboardist. In 1980 Okumoto recorded “Makin’ Rock,” an album that showcases an elegant jazz/fusion enhanced by some progressive nuances especially in the leader’s keyboard playing. Joining Okumoto on the project were Jay Graydon, David Foster and Toto members Steve Lukather and David Hungate and the late Jeff Porcaro. Continue reading »

Feb 082009

Written by David Foster & Anahi Van Zemveghe

Danny Rivera is a veteran Puerto Rican singer/songwriter also well known for his political activism. In 1983, Rivera released an album produced by Humberto Gatica and Erich Bulling. Both originally from central America and eventually relocated in California, Gatica and Bulling were quite active working with latin and brazilian artists like Simone, Djavan, Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias and several others. Continue reading »