Philippe Wynne


Band members                             Related acts

- Philippe Wynne (RIP 1984) -- vocals

 

  supporting musicians: (1980)

- Marcus Belgrave -- horns

- Kenny Birch -- guitar

- Fred Boldt -- horns

- Frank Bryant -- bass

- ANgelo Carlisi -- horns

- Gordon Carlton -- guitar

- David Lee Chong -- keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals

- Jessica Cleaves -- backing vocals

- Dennis Coffey -- guitar

- Rodney Curtis -- bass

- Maurice Davis -- horns

- Ray Davis -- backing vocals

- Ron Ford -- backing vocals

- Larry Fratangelo -- percussion

- John Glover -- keyboards

-  Michael Hampton -- guitar

- Willie Hampton -- guitar

- Elo Harrison -- horns

- Shirley Hayden -- backing vocals

- Sheila Horne -- backing vocals

- Telma Hopkins -- backing vocals

- Gary Hudgins -- keyboards

- Arnold Brimstone Ingram -- keyboards

- Ted Jackson -- horns

- Cheryl James -- backing vocals

- Robert Johnson -- backing vocals

- Jerry Jones -- drums

- Tyrone Lampkin -- drums

- Jeanette McGruder -- backing vocals

-  Bruce Nazarian -- guitar, bass

- Stevie Pannell -- backing vocals

- Michaal Payne -- backing vocals

- Chanta Payne -- backing voclas

- Rudy Robinson -- keyboards

- Ernie Rodgers -- horns

- Jerome Rodgers -- backing vocals

- Gary Shider -- guitar

- Carl Small -- percussion

- Donnie Sterling -- bass

- Gordon Stump -- horns

- Mike Sutter -- horns

- John Trudell -- horns

- Joyce Vincent -- backing vocals

- Andre Williams -- backing vocals

- Bernie Worrell -- keyboards, synthesizers

 

 

 

- The Afro Kings

- Funkadelic

- The Spinners

 

 

 


 

Genre: soul

Rating: 4 stars ****

Title:  Wynne Jammin'

Company: Uncle Jam

Catalog: JZ 36843
Year:
 1980

Country/State: Detroit, Michigan

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: includes original inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 240

Price: $20.00

 

 

Three decades after "Wynne Jammin'" came out and I'm still scratching my head trying to understand how it managed to fall by the commercial wayside.  Sadly, in a small way I guess I was partially responsible for its failure.  In high school and college I was a massive Philppe Wynne fan.  I owned most of The Spinners catalog (my friends didn't know it) and I thought Wynne's voice was just amazing - totally unlike anything else in soul.  And then he quit The Spinners and hooked up with George Clinton and the extended Funkadelic empire ...  I remember trying to get my mind around it (I didn't realize it, but Wynne's connections with the Clinton musical family went back to the mid-'60s when he was a member of Bootsy Collins' band The Pacesetters).  I even bought his first solo album (1977's "Starting All Over") and just couldn't make the transition.   Perhaps I should have tried a little harder.   

 

His second solo release, 1980's  "Wynne Jammin'" found Wynne surrounded by George Clinton and the Parliament/Funkadelic family.  Clinton produced much of the album and wrote several of the tracks with scores of his sidekicks playing on the seven tracks.  While tracks like Wynne's remake of Funkadelic's 'Never Gonna Tell It' and We Dance So Good Together'' were far funkier than anything he'd recorded with The Spinners, Wynne managed to hold his own throughout the collection, ensuring this wasn't simply another slice of Clinton madness - in fact on a couple of these tracks ('You Gotta Take Chances' and 'Put Your Own Puzzle Together') Wynne recalled The Spinners at their prime.  Hardcore George Clinton fans probably weren't enthralled, but I'll tell you it's a wonderful album - 'We Dance So Good Together ' should have been a massive hit for Wynne.

 

- I'll readily admit that it took me awhile to get my ears around Wynne doing funk (okay, maybe it was better labeled lite-funk)  - I was just so accustom to hearing his unique voice on old-school soul numbers.  That said, 'Never Gonna Tell It' was the track that showed me the error of my ways.  Yeah, clocking in at over twelve minutes it was way too long, but this is where George Clinton-styled funk and Wynne's special voice came together in near perfection.  Funky soul ?  Soulful funk ?  Beats me, but it sure makes me want to jump around and Michael Henderson turned i some killer lead guitar.   The track was tapped as the leas-off single; divided into two parts for the 45 format.   rating: **** stars

- The album's most readily commercial outing, 'Put Your Own Puzzle Together' sounded a great deal like a Thom Bell Spinners endeavor.  With one of those insanely catchy melodies and Wynne doing his best 'testify' vocals ....Gosh, it made you realize how friggin' good those mid and late-'70s Spinners were.  And yes, Uncle Jam tapped it as the album's second single.    rating: **** stars

- I loved the cheesy opening synthesizers, but the rest of 'You Make Me Happy (You Got The Love I Need)' sounded like a subpar Spinners tune.  In spite of some nice Spinners-styled backing vocals, this one simply didn't sound fully developed. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it simply could measure up with some of the other performances.   What was with the sandpaper rhythm that came through on the left channel ?    rating: *** stars

- If you want to hear how good Wynne could be, 'We Dance So Good Together' was a great place to start.  Yeah, complete with anonymous female backing singers the song started out sounding like a throwaway dance tune, but when the track got going, it was mesmerizing - incidiously catchy melody coupled with Wynne's amazing voice.  When he throws in some scat moves towards the end of the song ...   perfection.   I'm guessing that was Dennis Coffey opening up song and hitting the rhythm moves throughout the song  ...   rating: **** stars

- While the ballad 'Hotel Eternity' had some mildly entertaining lyrics ("love's credit card"), the overall effect was pretty bland - the adult contemporary lite-jazz they play in office lobbies readily comes to mind.   rating: ** stars

- One of two Wynne originals, 'Breakout' was probably the funkiest thing Wynne ever wrote.  I remember reading somewhere that Wynne was actually kind of a badass guy who'd had several brushes with the law (much to the displeasure of the other members of The Spinners).  I'm guessing there was a certain autobiographical edge to this one ...  Nice dance number.   rating: *** stars

- Parliament/Funkadelic fans probably didn't think much of it, but the smooth ballad 'You Gotta Take Chances' was the most Spinners-like track on the album and as a Spinners fan I'll tell you it was wonderful to hear Wynne working in a Thom Bell-styled arena once again.   rating: **** stars

 

As seen above, the album spun off a pair of singles:

 

- 1980's 'Never Gonna Tell It' (Part 1) b/w 'Never Gonna Tell It' (Part 2) (catalog Uncle Jam catalog number ZS9 9900)

- 1980's 'Put Your Own Puzzle Together' b/w 'You Make Me Happy' (Uncle Jam catalog number ZS6 9902)

 

A great, overlooked early-'80s soul album ...  such a shame that four years later Wynne was dead of a heart attack.

 

"Wynne Jammin'" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Never Gonna Tell It   (George Clinton - Bernie Worrell) - 12:38
2.) Put Your Own Puzzle Together   (J Dean - John Glover) - 4:15
3.) You Make Me Happy (You Got The Love I Need)    (Philippe Wynne) - 3:46

 

(side 2)

1.) We Dance So Good Together   (J Glover - John Dean) - 5:35
2.) Hotel Eternity   (Gary Hudgins - Darryl Clinton - Philippe Wynne - Robert Johnson) - 5:30
3.) Breakout   (Pjilippe Wynne) - 5:05
4.) You Gotta Take Chances   (J Dean - John Glover) - 4:43


 

 

 

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