RIP Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell

Yesterday I was saddened to hear of the passing of “Fonce” Mizell, one half of the production and writing duo who pretty much defined jazz-funk fusion in the 1970s. They are probably best-known for the classic Blue Note albums they made with Bobbi Humphrey and, in particular, the great Donald Byrd. However, “Fonce” and his brother Larry’s brilliant songs, production, vocals and (what particularly appeals to me) utterly killer synths and electric piano also adorn recordings by the likes of Roger Glenn, Gary Bartz and Johnny “Hammond” Smith. Furthermore, “Fonce” himself was also part of Motown’s mysterious “Corporation”, who wrote and produced hits for the Jackson 5, such as I Want You Back and ABC. If you want to find out more about the brother’s work, you can see an extensive video interview that “Fonce” and Larry gave at the Red Bull Music Academy here. Well, without further ado, I’ll leave you with some of my favourite tracks written and produced by the Mizells:

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