Julius Brockington - The United Chair
Released in 1973 on Patrick Adams’ Today subsidiary of Perception Records, The United Chair, is the follow up to Julius Brockington’s debut 1972 release, Sophisticated Funk. The United Chair is an album that once again highlights Brockington’s virtuosity as both keyboard player and songwriter, Indeed, of the seven tracks on this album Brockington is the composer of all but one; the exception being the final track, 49-Reasons, penned by Alto saxophonist and flautist Steve Turner (Wanda Robinson, Benny Johnson, Julius Brockington Ensemble).
Co-produced by Brockington with Dizzy Gillespie’s producer Boo Frazier (Astrud Gilberto, Chuck Berry, Black Ivory), The United Chair adds to the eclecticism of the Perception/Today Records roster with its mix of Soul, RnB, Funk and Gospel,
Joined by the aforementioned Steve Turner on Alto sax, Gerry Langston on guitar, trumpeter Jim Wilson, with a rhythm section of drummer Ralph Fisher and Marcel Turner on bass, Julius Brockington combines organ, piano and synthesiser to create a superlative album of Black music grooves both of and ahead of its time.
Released as part of the Perception Records series of Re-Issues The United Chair is a marvellous example of what happens when a gospel artist crosses over into the secular and is a must have in any collection.