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Rodney Franklin

Rodney Franklin was something of a child prodigy while growing up in his hometown of Berkeley, Ca. taking piano lessons at the age of 6 at the Washington Elementary School. Upon graduation he worked extensively with John Handy in San Francisco and subsequently toured with Bill Summers, Freddie Hubbard and Marlena Shaw.

In 1978 he signed with Columbia Records and recorded his debut album for the label, “In The Center,” a jazz-fusion workout. His second album, “You'll Never Know,” aided by the hit single, “The Groove” which sparked a popular dance craze (dancers had to “freeze” in time with the track's breaks), Rodney hit the Top 10 of the singles charts and saw “You'll Never Know” rise in the album listings.

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Cedar Walton Cedar Walton
Alphonse Mouzon Alphonse Mouzon
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
George Duke George Duke
Eric Gale Eric Gale
guitar, electric
Ramsey Lewis Ramsey Lewis
Lee Ritenour Lee Ritenour
Lenny White Lenny White
Roy Ayers Roy Ayers
Eumir Deodato Eumir Deodato
Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith
organ, Hammond B3

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