Michael J McEvoy
Michael is an American musician and composer based in London. Best known for his jazz score in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles starring Zac Efron and Claire Danes, Michael has a great many film, television and pop music credits to his name.
A self-taught guitarist and bass player, Michael studied piano and viola at the Centre for Young Musicians and then had a brief stint at the Leeds College of Music. He left Leeds after 1 term to pursue his interest in improvisation working with Dick Heckstall-Smith's band Big Chief followed by a 3 year period being mentored by the legendary African conga drummer Reebop Kwaku Bah (Jimmy Cliff, Traffic, Rolling Stones).
During this period he also worked as a session musician and arranger on project with Scritti Politti (Songs to Remember), Orange Juice (Rip it up) and Nina Hagen (In Ekstase).
In 1983 Ian Dury hired Michael to co-write and arrange his album Four Thousand Week's Holiday. Throughout the 1980s Michael wrote and performed with leading pop acts including teenybop idols, Curiosity Killed the Cat and Soul II Soul. He performed live and recorded in the studio with Sting, The Bee Gees, Mark Morrison and many others. He has also had a long association with Steve Winwood, touring with him in his seminal rock band, Traffic, in 1994 and afterwards was his Musical Director until 1998.
Michael was signed to Sony Music Publshing in 1991 had songs recorded by Teena Marie (Since Day One), The James Taylor Quartet (Sunshine of Your Smile), Patrice Rushen (Caravan) and DJ Wookie (Back Up, Back Up). His credits as a producer include the 'rare groove' club classic Try My Love by Lalomie Washburn, co-producer JTQ album Supernatural and London funk band Push.
Let me stop at that last point. This is the man that produced Lalomie Washburn.
Scritti Politti ok, Nina Hagen yes, Ian Dury check, Jimmy Cliff uh uh.
But Lalomie Washburn. I bet you have never even heard the track - Try My Love!
Here it is:
You really need a bass 'sub-system' to appreciate this tracks beauty.
I have the white label 12 inch, but nothing to play it on. So not much bragging rights there. Anyway, it's all over the net...
Born on 25.08.1941 in North Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died on 18.09.2004 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
"I guess once a junkie, always a junkie." - Bruce Swedien.
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