Maurice White's autobiography has a lot of insight into this development. It's a great read.
Kirk DeGiorgio used to have a show on Red Bull Radio, a two-hour episode dedicated to early Earth Wind and Fire, when they were still in full-on Strata East/Afro-"spiritual jazz" mode. I had never heard that stuff before then.
Personally, I wish they had stayed in step with Mandrill, Parliament and the Ohio Players. For whatever reason, both Kool & the Gang and EW&F felt it necessary to smooth their edges and embrace the disco/pop sheen of the late 70s and early 80s.
I don't understand how Philip Bailey's voice gets BETTER as he ages.
Thank you, I must have missed the autobiography of Maurice.
I always like EWF, regardless of so called pop sheen..
These guys have families to feed
Bragging time.. on a gig with a UCLA faculty musician. a trio
guitar me and drum
Kool And the Gang members were impressed with the sound I was getting I guess the left hand bass. As a consequence the Kool trombone man whose name escapes me
told me a story.
He was in NYC playing with cats in the Thad Jones Mel Lewis big band... some of the creme players in the jazz realm at that time.. This bone player said there was this commercial group he was with ( Kool and the Gang, who btw my old bandleader Deodato played a major part in commerciaizing them ) and he was asking how these NYC jazz cats, how they felt about him doing a commercial gig.. Guess what, they advised him to go for it.
He told me he put two kids though college thanks to Kool and the Gang, and that is lowly bone player.
Most cats make thee unrealistic idealistic dumb clueless remarks about Oh my, such and such got too commercial, gee I wonder why>>> all the while they do these musings behind their corporate office space.
Give me a break/
I have tolerated ( poorly ) criticism of Grover Washington
Geo Benson!! Even Herbie Hancock by immature losers who couldn't shine MY shoes let alone theirs.
Any questions? Don't bother.