THE UNKNOWN RECORDING
Over a Forty-four year period, Bill King either stored in a garage, basement or transported fifteen 2” tape recordings, most absent track sheets, and recorded between 1974 to 1985. Some were jazz and others reggae and funk sessions with his various bands.
Out of curiosity King had four of those 2" tapes baked (in order to attempt to preserve magnetic tapes you can bake
King enlisted some of the finest Jazz musicians in Canada to launch the project; saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, bassist Dave Young, percussionists Dick Smith and Marty Morell along with up and coming vocal star, Liberty Silver. Amongst the numerous King original’s a few gems were added to showcase Silver’s vocal strengths – Stanley Turrentine’s, ‘Sugar', 'Loverman', Miles Davis’ 'Four' and the Billie
Renowned New Mexico artist Deborah Samuels – “Desert Orchid contains the best of what the southwest is all about. Lovely and filled with such grace!”
“I’ve been exploring a variety of Spanish influenced themes with 2018 Grammy nominated violinist Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne of jazz musician Jane Bunnett’s, all-Cuban women’s ensemble, Maqueque." - Bill King
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From Aruba to Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Virgin Islands, Tortola, Grand Cayman, Antiqua, San Blas, Panama, Jamaica, Santa Domingo, - Cuba. In fact, the cover art was purchased in 1998 in Santa Domingo from a street vendor and proudly hangs from one of my music room walls. It’s credited to Haitian artist; Laurent Casimir, who passed in