Ronnie Foster

Love Satellite

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Ronnie Foster's Columbia debut, Love Satellite, is for all intents and purposes an R&B record swaddled in the trappings of jazz -- the aptly titled "Happy Song" even features drums from no less than Stevie Wonder, whose groundbreaking mid-'70s Motown LPs profoundly shaped the sound and scope of Foster's concurrent efforts. Ably supported by a cast of fusion giants including vibist Roy Ayers, bassist Alphonso Johnson, and drummer Harvey Mason, Foster creates music that is smart and focused yet unapologetically commercial in orientation and presentation -- though played with the expertise and dynamism of jazz, the songs speak to the body at the exclusion of the mind.

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