Tribute to Vincent Montana Jr

Tribute to Vincent Montana Jr

Vincent Montana Jr was an American composer, arranger, and percussionist, most known as a member of MFSB and as the founder of the Salsoul Orchestra.

He is the spiritual father of the Salsoul Orchestra, the backing band for the many acts on Salsoul Records. The personnel of MFSB and the Salsoul orchestra overlapped substantially, and both groups were recorded at Philadelphia's Sigma Sound Studios.

In recent years, Montana worked with house music duo Masters at Work, which rekindled interest in his work. Ken Cayre, founder of Salsoul Records, praised Montana's skill at scoring strings, brass, and diverse percussion in such way that it all worked within a dance recording.

Montana passed away on April 13, at the age of 85.

On this weeks podcast, I pay tribute to the man, with a selection of tunes from his massive discography. Tunes that he either wrote, arranged, produced, or played on.

  • Montana - Samba de Montana
  • The Stylistics - People Make The World Go Round
  • The Delfonics - Funny Feeling
  • Montana - Warp Factor II
  • Nuyorican Soul - I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
  • Fat Larry's Band - Down On The Avenue
  • William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got
  • Monk Montgomery - Bump De Bump
  • MFSB - Old San Juan
  • Grace Jones - Send In The Clowns
  • The Electric Indian - Geronimo
  • The Spinners - I'll Be Around
  • Vincent Montana Sextet - Heavy Vibes [Club Mix]
  • The Salsoul Orchestra - You're Just The Right Size
  • The Salsoul Orchestra - Ooh I Love It (Love Break)
  • Goody Goody - It Looks Like Love
  • Vincent Montana Orchestra - Lover's Magic
  • Carol Williams - Love Is You
  • The Intruders - I'll Always Love My Mama
  • The Three Degrees - Take Good Care Of Yourself
  • Goody Goody - Super Jock
  • The Salsoul Orchestra - Burning Spear
  • Incognito - Always There [Masters at Work Remix]
  • Masters At Work feat India - To Be In Love
  • The Salsoul Orchestra - How High
  • Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz - The Way You Love Me [Dim's Tsop Version]
  • Vincent Montana - You Know How Good It Is
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