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Lucas Arruda feat. Leon Ware – Melt The Night (Remix)

Tennerz Lucas Arruda feat. Leon Ware – Melt The Night (XL Middleton Remix) (Favorite Recordings)

A quick listen to ‘Melt The Night’. And then you get an instant back to the future although fresh feel on this synth led lazy funky bass-driven cool joint…

‘Melt The Night’ is nothing but the result of the association between up and coming Brazilian singer Lucas Arruda on one hand. And legendary Soul singer/songwriter and producer Leon Ware on the other. A name you would most likely remember for his collabs with Marvin Gaye and Maxwell among others. But this presentation would be incomplete without a mention of Pasadena, CA-based Nu-Funk producer XL Middleton. The latter brilliantly expanding the feeling while spicing ‘Melt The Night’ with ingredients reminding of the P-Funk alla Zapp or George Clinton. If not somehow Sly Cabell‘s ‘Feeling Fine’.

A masterpiece, ‘Melt The Night’ brings us back to the souvenir of the immediate after Disco days. And, by that, what was then known as Boogie with cuts such as Lanier & Co‘s ‘I Don’t Know (What To Do About You)’ for instance…

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A native of Detroit, MI, Leon Ware has left some indelible trace in the history of contemporary music. This, as a songwriter and/or composer. But also as an artist on his own rights, in a period that covered no less than five decades. From the early 70’s to the 2010’s.

Crafting music was just in Ware’s DNA as a matter of fact. With the latter appearing as a member of vocal group the Romeos in his teens. Meanwhile sharing the bill with Ty Hunter, who was to become a member of The Originals, and Lamont Dozier.

After a short period at ABC Records, he started his career as a songwriter for Motown back in 1971. Co-writing ‘Got To Have You Back’ for The Isley Brothers. Then collaborating with Ike & Tina Turner on six songs for their United Artists ‘Nuff Said’ album. Coming to work with Diana Ross‘ younger brother T-Boy that same year, one of the songs they wrote – ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ – got eventually picked up by Michael Jackson on his ‘Got To Be There’ album.

Ware wrote for countless artists, and eventually setting up a bigger reputation for himself as an author/composer than an artist. This despite an obvious sensibility. Among the ones he came to collaborate with, Quincy Jones (‘If Ever I Lose This Heaven’). But also Minnie Riperton (‘Inside My Love’). Not to mention Marvin Gaye with the memorable ‘I Want You’. A song Ware initially thought to be included on his second album which sadly flopped.

Ware most likely focused on his activities as a songwriter during the 80’s. Providing material for a whole bunch of luminaries. From Teena Marie to Michael Wycoff (‘Looking Up To You’). But also Loose Ends, James Ingram and Bobby Womack to name a few. The second half of the 90’s seeing him contributing to Maxwell‘s debut-album, ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite’. Itself considered as one of the landmark albums in the then burgeoing Neo-Soul genre. Remember ‘Sumthin’ Sumthin”? With this bringin’ extra interest to his earlier works by the likes of the Hip-Hop scene.

By 2009, Ware was recovering from treatment for prostate cancer. One of his latest releases was ‘On The Beach’ back in 2011. A jewel he created near his Malibu home with the attitude of Summer with a lyric that continues Leon‘s sensual and romantic allure. No to mention a(nother) top class remixing work courtesy of Atjazz. Meanwhile, he more recently appeared along with Brazilian singer Lucas Arruda. This on the 2015 released phonky cool ‘Melt The Night’ with an XL Middleton remix.

Leon Ware sadly died in Marina del Rey, CA on Feb. 23, 2017 from complications of the disease. He was 77.

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