My name is Ray Brown, former keyboardist
for major label recording acts Ecstasy, Passion & Pain (Roulette Records)
and the Jimmy Castor Bunch (Atlantic Records). I have watched numerous tribute
shows which have paid homage to the music hits of the last 50 years and have noticed
that they all focused on songs which featured vocal performances. It became evident
to me that no one had thought to pay tribute to the great instrumental hits which
hit the charts during that time span.
without lyrics have always received step-child treatment compared to songs with
lyrics and vocal performances. This does not mean, however, that instrumental music
has not had a profound effect on the cultures of the world. I am sure that everyone
has hummed or whistled a familiar instrumental hit at some time or other. Who hasn't
experienced an adrenalin rush from hearing the music promoting a sports event or
felt the drama and suspense created by the music in a scary movie? It is time
to give tribute the music of the artists that don't sing such as MFSB, Salsoul
Orchestra, Van McCoy, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Ramsey Lewis, Weather Report,
Kenny G, The Funk Brothers, The Brecker Brothers and a list of others too long
to complete here.
I am in the process of developing a 90-minute presentation
of the biggest instrumental hits of the last 40 years (Disco to Present). It features
a 10-piece orchestra playing the music while several dancers perform dances choreographed
to sync with the soundtrack. A narrator will identify the songs and the artists
that recorded them.
The presentation is divided into 3 sections; Dance,
Smooth Jazz, and Movies in order to cover all genre. It can be done as one live
90-minute show or can be filmed as 3 30-minute television or documentary segments.
I am currently seeking sponsorship
so that the project can be completed and presented with the dignity it deserves.
If you find yourself interested and would like more details feel free to contact
Thank you for your consideration.
Ray Brown a/k/a Tokyo Flash