Charles Jackson – 1978 – Passionate Breezes

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Charles (Chuck) Jackson & Marvin Yancy songwriter/producer duo were behind some of the biggest hits of gold and platinum award singer Natalie Cole. Some of her hits the duo produced and wrote include “This Will Be,” “Inseparable,” “Sophisticated Lady”, “Our Love,” and “I’ve Got Love on My Mind”.

Chuck Jackson started his career as a songwriter in 1969 writing a few songs like “If It’s Real What I Feel” and “Walk Easy My Son” for Jerry Butler. In the early 70’s he met Marvin Yancy and they went to form a soul group The Independents. After the group broke up Chuck and Marvin wanted to continue their co-operation and met Natalie Cole.

Though busy with producing, Chuck had also a solo career recording 2 albums “Passionate Breezes” and “Gonna Getcha’ Love” under the name Charles Jackson, both 70’s old school slow jam.

This is a @320 vinyl rip (supplied by Trakbuv) of the original Capitol Records LP including covers.

Tracks

A1  Passionate Breezes (4:29)
A2  Love Of You (4:25)
A3  Ooh Child (3:35)
A4  Medley: A. I’m In Heaven / B. You Are So Beautiful (4:43)
B1  The Train (4:50)
B2   Tonight’s The Night (4:43)
B3  Get On Down (5:33)
B4  I Really Want You (3:51)

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Review by Trakbuv

The Independents were an act I always admired – they had a series of no fuss, almost quaint albums that scored large on lyric and melody.  There was something elegant and graceful about their sound – an earthiness.  I think one of the main protagonists of this aura was Charles (Chuck) Jackson’s brittle vocals, especially when you listen to tracks like the wonderful ‘Baby I’ve been missing you’ where Helen Curry booms with so much more confidence.  That mild-flatness in his pitch has the same endearing properties of Little Sonny of the Intruders – an enigmatic charm that musicians have used to great effect to evoke a sombre, dejected resonance (eg. down-tuning a guitar).  However there are very few vocal exponents of the technique as gifted as these two, both owning a fragility in their larynx that cuts that bit deeper.

I read somewhere that Rev. Jesse Jackson and Charles Jackson were brothers and that Charles used to help in writing some of his speeches.  However, I would like that confirmed by anyone in the audience, especially as they presumably could only have been half-brothers at most, Jesse taking his surname from his adopted father.  What is clear is that having spent a period writing/editing for Playboy magazine, he joined Jerry Butler’s writer’s workshop where he met Marvin Yancy and formed a winning partnership.  Jerry subsequently employed 2 of their compositions for his ‘Sings Assorted Songs’ LP of 1971.  Of course, the duo went on to record many of their compositions as The Independents and then materialised over at Curtom Records where they recorded ‘Same thing it took’ as a demo for themselves.  However, history dictated that they were better employed as writers for the label, providing many excessively catchy, finger-clicking hits for The Impressions, Natural Four and The Notations.  They really hit the big time when they helmed Natalie Cole’s debut, ‘Inseparable’, for me easily her finest collection of songs.  Subsequent LPs with the lady meant more Gold records and more recording acts in the form of Ronnie Dyson, the Gary Glenn Complex, the Independent Movement, and Lace, among others.

About this time, both his writing partner and Chicago/Capitol Records legend Larkin Arnold were enticing Charles back into the spotlight, whereupon an album duly followed.  ‘Passionate Breezes’ is a homecoming as if he never went away, playing as a slightly more polished Independents.  Co-produced by Marvin and Gene Barge (who had helped them out on previous outings, and had built a reputation over at the Chess label for many years), the music has a gentle, almost unassuming Southern Soul quality that permeated their earlier work.  The LP begins with two Jackson/Yancy ballads: firstly the sumptuous title track, a romantic swayer that is half sung, half spoken.  A definite clink of glasses beneath a summer moon, and my favourite track – although I must admit to having a slight preference for The Dells version from 1980.  The mood is maintained for the striking ‘Love of you’.  A dramatic string-fest that oozes sophistication, this is gorgeous rare groove heaven.  The thought of Charles Jackson’s frail reedy vocals fronting a phat slamming funker would ordinarily have me hiding behind the settee, but the opening bass of ‘Ooh Child’ instantly creates a secure atmosphere where Charles really does an amazing job.  A massive hit with the sophisticats, but it is the BASS that owns this record – a certain James Brown being cited as one of the bass players on the credits.  It’s back to what Charles does best, ‘I’m in Heaven’ is a tender ballad that subtly incorporates Billy Preston’s ‘You are so beautiful’ while maintaining the majesty of another Jackson/Yancy original.

‘The train’ reminds me very much of a left-over from The Independents.  It has that simplistic feel, the use of double-tracking on the vocals and a Deep Soul tinge that were characteristic of those glory days.   A wafting joy.  ‘Tonight’s the night’ is a nice, dignified cover of the Rod Stewart number, while ‘Get on down’ is another slice of funk with a dash of disco cynicism.  All very competent and functional, rather than spectacular.  It’s back to earthy Bluesville with another stunning Jackson/Yancy number, ‘I really love you’, to close the album.

The album is really a mood-piece.  It is gentle and heart-warming, and perfectly captures Charles Jackson’s wispy and wistful articulation of his voice.  A thoroughly nice album that is guaranteed to put a wide smile on your face without you even realising it.

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36 Comments
  • soulbrotha
    Posted at 20:41h, 23 June 2009 Reply

    Thank you nikos and Trakbuv. That title track is wonderful and sounds so familiar. We just posted the Jerry Butler/Gene Chandler duet lp over at 4BB and commenter El Slick commented that Natalie Cole’s ex-husband was Rev Melvin Yancy. Marvin’s brother? Connections, connections…

  • rich
    Posted at 20:48h, 23 June 2009 Reply

    nikos thank u so much for this one i see he has another album as well . is that one hard to come by. trakbuv thanx for the review didnt know he was part of the independents.

  • wallofsound
    Posted at 22:09h, 23 June 2009 Reply

    Another one I’ve had since it was originally released. It can all yet a bit slick for my taste, but there are some great tracks. I’ve got the other Chuck Jackson solo records and most of the Independents, but I’d need to digitise them. Thanks for sharing this one, I can remove that from the very big ‘to be digitised’ pile.

  • JTF
    Posted at 22:53h, 23 June 2009 Reply

    Thanks!

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 23:57h, 23 June 2009 Reply

    Thanks Nikos but a special thank you to Trakbruv for posting this album. Much appreciated.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 00:51h, 24 June 2009 Reply

    Yo Soulbrotha – I must get my cyber-arse over to 4BB to catch a slice of Gene & Jerry. As far as I am aware, Natalie Cole was married to Marvin Yancy himself. Whether she re-married his brother – that would be news to me. Jahcisco – told you I’d post it, even if it is about 5 months late !! Of course Charles (Chuck) Jackson is not the same gent that gave us ‘Any day now’, which used to confuse me even though they have totally different voices.

    Hey WallofSound – thanks for being a regular – I don’t have a copy of his follow-up from ’79 (Gonna Getcha Love), so that would be a nice gift to FMS ? he he

  • Alexandros
    Posted at 11:19h, 24 June 2009 Reply

    Thank you for another forgotten album we all should check! Great write up Trakbuv.

  • k02
    Posted at 14:20h, 24 June 2009 Reply

    Thanks Trakbruv and Nikos

  • Raphy
    Posted at 21:03h, 24 June 2009 Reply

    A favorite Lp of mine…..I took it out to be be ripped…..Thank God, You take it off my hand….
    ‘The Train’……was a big it in Jamaica, also ‘Passionate Breezes’..

    Overall, another top-shelf Lp, A must have for all collectors

    Thanks & Big [email protected]!

  • Nicolas Drosos
    Posted at 01:27h, 25 June 2009 Reply

    Superb post. Especially the title track is “Out of this world”. SOUL forever brother. Way to go!!!!!

  • Frederic
    Posted at 10:51h, 25 June 2009 Reply

    There are some great tunes on this one… thanks!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 15:25h, 25 June 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much trakbuv and Nikos. Appreciate it.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 00:30h, 26 June 2009 Reply

    Much thanks Trakbuv for the rip!! And always thanks to the Host Nikos!! You guys are great. Peace

  • Gea
    Posted at 03:17h, 26 June 2009 Reply

    Sweet soul on the modern side !!! “Love of you” is fantastic!

  • hooch
    Posted at 08:17h, 26 June 2009 Reply

    Many thanks -lovely lp!

  • Mel
    Posted at 11:11h, 26 June 2009 Reply

    The clip sounds great, I will give him a try thx for sharing!

  • DJ Timmy
    Posted at 11:18h, 26 June 2009 Reply

    Damn!!!Damn!!! Brilliant mellow groove!

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 13:01h, 26 June 2009 Reply

    Hmm…the plot thickens, SB & Buv :¬)
    Thanks Nikos, this will make a great starter soundtrack to the vacation…wonderful write-up, Buv! (And you shouldn’t miss the Ketty album I posted yesterday…another perfect summer listen)

    /Laf

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 16:51h, 26 June 2009 Reply

    Enjoy your vacations Laf. I have already downloaded elegant Ketty and comment on the album. http://4bbweekly.wordpress.com/ i guess all visitors should check it.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:58h, 27 June 2009 Reply

    This is aces, great album thank you

  • Chris
    Posted at 03:34h, 27 June 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the post. You all keep doing a great job. Thanks again and GOD BLESS. Peace

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 10:46h, 27 June 2009 Reply

    A fine musical transition from the early sound of Chicago Chess’ recordings, through the Independents no fuss almost quaint albums (excellent write up Trakbuv) to the Curtis’ Curtom sound of the seventies… Charles Jackson, Marvin Yancy and Gene Barge, the heart of it all… or how to melt ice into hot water, even at times when the sound slides back to a more Americana field.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 11:58h, 27 June 2009 Reply

    Thanks, Nik…and yeah, I noticed…a little late, but I noticed..but still, that album can’t really be recommended enough can it 😀

  • jaguar
    Posted at 15:14h, 27 June 2009 Reply

    Great LP.

    Many thanks

  • Oak
    Posted at 13:03h, 28 June 2009 Reply

    You made my Sunday morning. What a joint? Tender ballads and rare grooves, great voice, smooth production! Essential. Thanx!!

  • Andreas
    Posted at 21:59h, 28 June 2009 Reply

    Never heard of that album before. I admit is a great surprise. “Love of you” is amazing. I keep listening again and again..

  • Desmond
    Posted at 22:18h, 28 June 2009 Reply

    Such sweet soul almost brings a tear to my eye. Good music never dies my friend. Nor do the memories. Keep soul music alive! 🙂

  • Jay
    Posted at 05:57h, 01 July 2009 Reply

    Awesome

  • Martin
    Posted at 14:37h, 01 July 2009 Reply

    Nice.. Perfect for a lazy summer day, just chillin 🙂 thanx Nikos once again

  • Chris-T
    Posted at 22:52h, 02 July 2009 Reply

    Nuff thanks Nikos!

  • Arthur
    Posted at 03:02h, 08 July 2009 Reply

    thank you so much Nikos and Trakbuv. I was searching for more stuff like the independents and then you guys hit us with this great albym. Really thanks

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 02:45h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    Groovy!!!!

  • Stuart
    Posted at 00:08h, 18 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much for all of your excellent work on here. I’d never heard this album before, but it’s fast becoming a firm favourite.

    Great work…thanks again 🙂

  • leon sullivan
    Posted at 22:49h, 09 February 2010 Reply

    jesse & charles jackson,were my good friends in greenville,s.c. charles’ nickname was “Duke’ and jesse’ was “Bodidley”and my nickname was “Pete”. I have a lot of fond memories of our childhood. chuck I love your music your friend always, Leon sullivan

  • pedro
    Posted at 07:48h, 17 October 2010 Reply

    thanks for this one i remember buying the 12in copy of tonignt and thinking how come the crap version got in the charts by some other bloke a cockney jock i think Thanks pedro

  • Moe
    Posted at 19:08h, 15 October 2012 Reply

    Thanks! Anyone have the Chuck Jackson Motown Anthology they can post?

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