Jay Graydon, Pendekar Solo

Picture1Graydon loves jazz, he is the master of melodic Adult Oriented Rock. He took Al Jarreau and The Manhattan Transfer up the charts, and his guitar solo on Steely Dan’s “Peg” is considered one of the greatest of all times. Though he’s not what most would consider a jazz guitarist and revered by fellow musicians and players alike as a great guitarist as studio musician featured on albums including Gino Vannelli and Christopher Cross. The instrument is less about his profession, he also plays keyboards, than it is one of the tools he uses to perfect his brand of music. Also most people know Graydon as an extremely accomplished composer yet aside from writing some of Al Jarreau’s most recognizable tunes. Among others hits, he co-wrote one of the biggest and complex songs ever, After The Love Is Gone performed by Earth Wind and Fire. His production skills landed him credits on albums from Herbie Hancock, George Benson to Lou Rawls. With Graydon’s track record, as musician, composer and producer, he should be a household name. But as an obsessive perfectionist, he stays pretty much behind the scenes, to his own admission working vampire hours and pushing artists to the limit or until they get it right. (nDy) 

Menurutku, Jay Graydon adalah pelaku awal juga pondasi Adult Oriented Rock. Maka reputasinya merambah pentas Rock, meski lebih dikenal pada ranah Jazz, serta kiblat radio pantai barat Amerika akhir 70an. Pada solo gitar lagu Peg milik Steely Dan di tahun 1977, Graydon “diadu” dgn 7 gitaris lain termasuk Robben Ford, Steve Khan dan Larry Carlton selama 6 jam di studio. Berbuah lagu Peg terutama solo gitar Graydon menjadi ciri utama fusion kontemporer atau selera West Coast. Karir Graydon bermula sbg musisi studio awal 70an sbg pendukung Marvin Gaye, Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Gino Vannelli, hingga Albert King. Lalu belajar jadi produser saat ketemu David Foster yg lagi bingung kelarin pesanan Motown. Graydon menggarap musik, lalu mereka ngundang Bill Champlin menuntaskan lirik. Akhirnya kelar berdasarkan panduan kalimat awal After The Love Has Gone milik David, dijadikan hits oleh Earth Wind & Fire. Mereka sempat bikin satu album percobaan dgn nama Airplay lalu bubar, keputusan yg disesali penggemar AOR. Jasa Graydon sbg produser berikut gitarnya telah mengantar Al Jarreau, The Manhattan Transfer, George Benson hingga Christopher Cross meraih Grammy Awards. Graydon juga mendorong banyak musisi studio agar bikin kelompok jazz-rock berkelas seperti grup Toto. Lagu Roxann mewakili karya Graydon oleh vokalis Warren Wiebe yg laris di kaset2 bajak Indonesia. Tapi bagi kupingku, hanya nada dan lengking solo gitar Graydon yg sanggup memberi orgasme walau gak sampai semenit. (nDy)

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