Some Saturday Love: “I Can’t Get Over You,” Frankie Beverly and Maze, 1989
It’s been a rough week, at least for me. More turn-downs for jobs, and then that verdict from Florida.
One must keep the faith that things will get better, no matter what. However, our president helped yesterday with his extemporaneous talk about race and being a black man. More about that later.
Here’s a piece of the Eighties from Frankie Beverly and Maze, who hail from the San Francisco Bay Area. This is from their album, Silky Soul. All the songs from that album were written by Beverly, who was also the group’s record producer, arranger, lead singer, keyboardist and guitarist. The Quiet Storm format station, KBLX-FM, coming out of Oakland/Berkeley, used to spin a lot of Maze back in the day. And no wonder. Maze still has a following in the United Kingdom, and for a while, they have usually reunited to close out the Essence Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
Quiet Storm, for those of you who are not informed, is mellow R&B, soul, and jazz music played as part of a format. And it was romantic, lush, slow enough to dance to; you know, the kind of music you would listen to with your man or woman in those moments as well. This music is where performers like Luther Vandross, Peabo Bryson, Joe Sample, or Anita Baker would find a permanent home.
Unfortunately, KBLX is no more. A company, Entrecom, partly owned by Magic Johnson, took over the station and threw out the Quiet Storm format for one that was more urban, hip-hop and “cookie cutter.” This takeover did not sit well with a lot of folks, and it’s still bummed them out.
These guys may be Old School but they are Cool School. Enjoy.
- Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Coming Sept 13 (foxync.com)
- The Bounce TV Summer Music Festival Starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and more – Live at Verizon Center Aug. 31 (therogersrevue.wordpress.com)
- Protests Over Zimmerman Verdict Expand to Beverly Hills (ktla.com)
- Ronald Isley’s new album shows ‘where music is supposed to be’ (sacbee.com)