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Charito: Heal the World

Charito on Vocals
Jeff Babko on Keyboards
Michael Ruff on Keyboards / Synths / Clarinet
Hubert Laws on Flute
Chuck Manning on Tenor Sax
Nils Langren on Trombone
Brian Bromberg on Acoustic Bass
Jimmy Johnson, Abe Laboriel on Bass
Harvey Mason on Drums / Percussion
Walter Rodriguez on Percussion
Jeff Caldwell on Background Vocals


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 27, 2014

Produced by Harvey Mason.

This CD is a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, through Charito’s unique interpretations of his music. Harvey Mason, Producer, is a renowned drummer, who has produced albums for George Benson, Carole King, and other vocal celebrities. Jackson’s albums, “Thriller”, “Off the Wall”, and “Dangerous” are but a few of the recordings that featured the original songs chosen for this album. Charito is joined by Harvey Mason, on drums, as well as nine additional artists, listed above, including Michael Ruff on keyboards and Hubert Laws on flute. Listening to this album of familiar music from the 70’s and 80’s is a walk through your memories, from live, televised, or recorded concerts, as well as the drama and intrigue of Michael Jackson and many of his early friends in the industry. One track is from the Broadway show, The Wiz, two are from Jackson Five albums from the early 70’s, and one was on the 1987 single, “Bad”.

Notable tracks:

#4 – Remember the Time – Composed by B. Belle/M. Jackson/E. Riley. This track opens with whispers, “Remember the time…”, followed by repetitive phrases and sung text, overlaid by enchanting, eerie effects on keyboards, bass, background vocals, sax solo, and percussion. The music draws the listener in, with the exceptional ensemble of accompanists, masterful arrangement, and Charito’s luscious, languid lyrics. The ambient mood is surreal.

#6 – I Can’t Help It – Composed by S. Wonder/S. Greene. The instrumental ensemble goes all out for this track, with Stevie Wonder’s mesmerizing theme. A tropical flute solo, plus swinging synths and keyboards, ornamented by piping hot percussion, make this track a must-listen-to-twice song. The theme is memorable from the Jackson genre, but the track’s mambo rhythms make it even more momentous.

#7 – I’ll Be There – Composed by H. Davis, B. Gordy, W. Hutch, B. West. This uncluttered track, with simple piano, electronic strings, drums, bass, and vocals brings back this Jackson Five original from 1970. Charito sings in cognac thick smoothness, evoking candlelight and romance. A piano riff is followed by a brief bass interlude.

#9 – Ease On Down the Road – Composed by C. Smalls. This song, from The Wiz, the Broadway show and film, was sung in the movie by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. With lots of rhythm and blues, Charito sings, accompanied by sensational synthesized effects, vocal chorals, and percussion. The brass-keyboards-synth-vocal mixing is astounding, giving the track full orchestral presence.

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