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Subject: Re: Leon Ware

Nigel (Sadness)
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Date Posted: 01:23:23 03/05/17 Sun
In reply to: HAMISH STUART 's message, "Leon Ware" on 05:54:50 02/28/17 Tue

Hi Hamish,
How lucky were you to share your talents with the world's best musicians, arrangers and songwriters?

I am sorry to hear of Leon's passing, I did enjoy reading your snippets about Leon''s contribution to AWB and music in general.

I still think that there is an autobiography in you!

Best wishes


>I had a sad start to the day today with news of Leon
>Ware's passing. This guy was a very positive influence
>on the music of AWB and continues with my music.
>He was on the first sessions we ever did in the US
>with Bonnie Bramlett and contributed the song This
>World Has Music which never made Bonnie's album but
>made our first record Show Your Hand. A couple years
>later the Quincy Jones album Body Heat was released
>and yet another of Leon's tunes made it's way into our
>repertoire and became a central part of our live show
>- If I Ever Lose This Heaven was tailor made for us.
>What followed next was Leon's classic with Marvin Gaye
>I Want You. Harmonically inspiring stuff which is
>still influential.
>He wrote lot of songs and I think began as a staff
>writer at Motown, writing for The Isleys and other
>acts on the label.
>After the breakup of AWB Leon and myself did some
>writing but the last time we worked together was a
>tribute to Marvin at Midem in 92. Leon was the musical
>director and had a stellar rhythm section of James
>Gadson, Chuck Rainey, Wah Wah Watson and Clarence
>Henderson plus strings and horns. Chaka, Al Jarreau,
>Randy Crawford and Omar all performed and I did
>Grapevine (of course) then Leon did some of the I Want
>You songs with El De Barge, Marvin's daughter Nona and
>myself on background vocals. It was quite a night and
>Leon was truly at the top of his game but
>unfortunately it was the last time our paths crossed.
>He has toured the UK with Bluey and Incognito but
>unfortunately work schedules never enabled me to catch
>any of those shows.
>Leon Ware had a unique musical voice and a wonderful
>harmonic sensibility which continues to inspire.
>Thanks for all the music Leon.

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