|Tags:||jazz funk groovy soul funk soul acid jazz jazz funk acoustic drjazzmrfunkmusic rock jecks funky deep funk smooth jazz jazz-funk|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia|
16 September 1958, Berkeley, California, USA, Rodney Franklin was something of a child prodigy, 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 that was not released in the UK. His second album, Youll Never Know, redressed the balance. Aided by the hit single, The Groove, which sparked a popular dance craze (dancers had to freeze in time with the tracks breaks), Rodney hit the Top 10 of the singles charts and saw Youll Never Know rise in the album listings. Although subsequent Columbia releases never came anywhere near repeating the extraordinary success of Youll Never Know, they did establish Franklin as a considerable name in...