James Mtume‘s remarkable career in the recording industry gets some shine in RBMA‘s latest installment of Fireside Chat. From sessions with Miles Davis in the 70s — landing on Davis’ pivotal On The Corner LP — to his remarkable work with masterful 80s r&b acts like Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Stepahanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman and literally countless others, the Philly-native has decades of tales to illuminate your Thursday. Mtume is one of the few master-teachers left in the industry, having outlived virtually all of his former collaborators, both those he worked intimately with and those that were introduced to him through the sampling generation — having been notoriously sampled on Biggie‘s “Juicy” — and he’s finally telling his story. Listen to the pioneer describe his life at the forefront of the last three major movements in music on RBMA’s Fireside Chat below. And if ya don’t know, now ya know.
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