Wilbert Longmire is a guitarist discovered by George Benson and introduced to Bob James to launch his Tappan Zee label through CBS. Like Benson, Wilbert Longmire was a master of the fusion jazz style who could also sing and was prolific in the jazz, funk and soul genres for the 3 albums he made with the label. Sunny Side Up was the debut album and a massive hit for all concerned. It contains the jazz funk classic Black Is The Color , also a hit record when first issued in 1978. The album also includes a much celebrated version of the Bill Withers smash Lovely Day while a full cast of musicians on this album includes David Sanborn, Richard Tee, Harvey Mason, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker and Eric Gale. Album to be released simultaneously with two further Wilbert Longmire albums (on one CD) Champagne and With All My Love
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