Lost but not least! Chanté Moore – This Time (Frankie Knuckles The Bomb Mix) (Silas/MCA)
“Oh, this time, I’m gonna give you All the love you need. Set your heart free, ooh This time it’s gonna be forever (forever).” I just come to wonder. How can we ever resist to such a beautiful statement? In terms of lyrics of course. But what about listening to Chanté Moore‘s vocal performance. Pretty much in the caliber of say Mariah Carey. Not to mention this remixing work courtesy of the late Frankie Knuckles along with Terry Burrus on piano???
With so many positive points you might think ‘This Time’ would have reached the upper heights in the charts by the time of its release. But no! No more than the original version of this absolute masterpiece, its remix made it, despite bringin’ the song to another direction/dimension. With the same applying to the album – ‘A Love Supreme’ – it’s taken from where one can find another unsung treasure. This time with Chanté Moore delivering a vibrant cover version of Deniece Williams‘ ‘Free’. “Oh this time…”
– A native of San Francisco, CA, Chanté Moore grew up singin’ in the church. Meanwhile quoting George Duke and Lee Ritenour as major influences. Strangely enough, she recorded an album for Warner by the age of 19 which never saw the light. This being how she ended up signing a record deal with Silas Records. Makin’so to say a cameo appearance back in 1991 along with Keith Washington in the ‘House Party 2’ OST with a cut titled ‘Candlelight And You’.
Chanté Moore‘s debut-album – ‘Precious’ – saw the light back in September 1992. It spanned the Lee Hamblin and Simon Law produced ‘Love’s Taken Over’. With the British twosome eventually producing ‘This Time’ from her ‘A Love Supreme’ follow-up album, although it sadly failed to generate a comparable following. This despite a remix courtesy of Frankie Knuckles. But also an outstanding cover version of Deniece Williams‘ ‘Free’ melted with The Commodores‘ ‘Sail On’.
Chanté Moore eventually resurfaced in May 1999 with her third album, ‘The Moment Is Mine’, this putting an end to an almost 5 year hiatus. It featured the memorable ‘Chanté’s Got A Man’ which became her first top 10 hit, charting at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. But also ‘I See You In A Different Light’ which she recorded along with JoJo Hailey of the Jodeci fame.
In 2000, Moore duetted with Will Downing on the soothing ‘When You Need Me’. Then, the year after, she teamed up with The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley A.K.A. Mr. Biggs on the vibrant ‘Contagious’. She eventually shared the bill with Kenny G on ‘Loveable’ back in 2002. Then she would deliver 2 albums with her then (new) husband, Kenny Lattimore, successively in 2003 and 2006. This before getiin’ back as a solo artist two years after. Eventually adding new activities to her schedule, this while joinin’ the cast of the Reality TV show ‘R&B Divas L.A’.
‘The Rise Of The Phoenix’ which saw the light back in September 2017 is her latest album to date. And she more recently premiered a new single – ‘One Love’ – featuring Lewis Sky, ahead of a new EP 1 of 4.
– A quick typing – ‘Frankie Knuckles’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – David Morales. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.
A native New Yorker, Frankie Knuckles arrived right on time to witness the early stages of the nightclubbing and its music – Disco – in the Big Apple. Eventually hangin’ out with his friend, Larry Levan, before comin’ to play Disco, Soul and R&B jams at The Continental Baths and The Gallery.
Knuckles relocated to Chicago, IL by the second half of the 70’s. This after a friend of his by the likes of Robert Williams had opened a space that was to become The Warehouse. Eventually inviting him to play on a regular basis. There, he came with a blend of everything, from Disco classics to European electronic fueled sounds and Rock. The whole setting up the foundations as what was to become House Music by the middle of the 80’s. This along with the use of drum machines and samplers.
Knuckles made his thing in Chicago, eventually collaborating with Jamie Principle. But he also happened to join forces with David Morales and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.
All in all, on his own or along with either David Morales or Eric Kupper, Frankie Knuckles has remixed and produced over 600 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Beginning with blasts from the past such as My Mine‘s ‘Hypnotic Tango’ which he came to rework. But also Jago‘s quite sought after ‘I’m Going To Go’. Then Double Exposure‘s ‘My Love Is Free’ and Diana Ross (‘Love Hangover’). Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on Swing Out Sister‘s ‘Notgonnachange’. The latter being an example of the demand he generated in the UK. From Tongue’N’Cheek‘s ‘Tomorrow’ to L.A. Mix‘s ‘Live Together’ and D*Note (‘D*Votion 99’). Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Change’ or Loose Ends‘ ‘Hangin’ On A String’).
Of course, Frankie Knuckles made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘Tears’ along with Satoshi Tomiie and Robert Owens. But also ‘And I Loved You’ featuring the same Tomiie and Arnold Jarvis. Both of them on FFRR. And how to not think of the burning ‘One Man’ by the likes of Chanelle back in 1989? Or Lil Louis feat. ChinahBlac‘s ‘Fable’??? With the same applying to Hercules & Love Affair‘s ‘Blind’. Then Sybil‘s ‘Let’s Yourself Go’. With the list to be incomplete without a mention to the Director’s Cut signature which he put together along with long time friend Eric Kupper.
And, just like David Morales, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Michael Jackson (‘Rock With You’). But also Chaka Khan (‘Ain’t Nobody’) and David Peaston (‘We’re All In This Together’). This in addition to The Gap Band (‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’) and Chanté Moore (‘This Time’). Then Toni Braxton (‘Un-Break My Heart’) and Womack & Womack (‘MPB’). Not to mention En Vogue‘s ‘You Don’t Have To Worry’ or Will Downing‘s ‘A Love Supreme’…
Meanwhile, under his own banner, Knuckles also made quite an impression. Delivering his debut-album – ‘Beyond The Mix’ – back in 1991. And in the meantime one of his biggest classics ever by the likes of ‘The Whistle Song’. Eventually sharing the bill four years later with Jersey songstress Adeva on the ‘ Welcome To The Real World’ album. With his final album – ‘A New Reality’ – seeing the light back in 2004.
Frankie Knuckles sadly died on March 31, 2014 in Chicago, IL, of complications from diabetes. He was 59…