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L.A. Express ‎– Shadow Play- 1976 - Fusion, Jazz-Funk (vinyl)

L.A. Express ‎– Shadow Play- 1976 - Fusion, Jazz-Funk (vinyl)

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L.A. Express ‎– Shadow Play- 1976 - Fusion, Jazz-Funk (vinyl)

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The L.A. Express was an American jazz-pop ensemble. Members of L.A. Express played on several Joni Mitchell albums, including The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Miles of Aisles (1974).[1]

The band also had two jazz instrumental albums on their own - L.A. Express (1976), and Shadow Play (1976). The latter featured backing vocals and cover art by Mitchell. Both albums were recorded at James Guercio's Caribou Ranch studio and were the first albums released on the Caribou label.

The L.A. Express formed in 1973 as the backing band for jazz saxophonist Tom Scott.

The original lineup included Max Bennett - bass, John Guerin - drums and percussion, Larry Carlton - guitarist, and Joe Sample - keyboards (the latter two were also members of the group The Crusaders). They recorded the album Tom Scott and the L.A. Express, as well as a number of tracks on Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark album in 1974 with this lineup, before both Carlton and Sample left the group. Robben Ford replaced Carlton as guitarist and Larry Nash took over as the group's keyboardist.

With Ford and Nash on board, Tom Scott and the L.A. Express recorded the popular Tom Cat album in late 1974 (released on Ode Records in early 1975). After the release of Tom Cat, Scott left the group and began recording solo.

The group recorded their first album without Scott in 1976 - the self-titled L.A. Express, which had as cover art a close-up of a belt buckle embossed with the band's name (simply "L.A. Express"), similar to one reading "Tom Scott & the L.A. Express" which was worn by a model on the cover of their first album with Scott. Later in the same year they recorded Shadow Play, which included several popular jazz tracks played on jazz radio well into the early 1980s.

On the first of these two albums keyboardist Larry Nash was replaced by Victor Feldman, and David Luell played saxophone and woodwinds. Robben Ford left the group prior to the recording of Shadow Play and was replaced by guitarist Peter Maunu.

Caribou Records ‎– PZ 34355
Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo 

Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 9 light wear
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10 
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10) 
Side 1 - 10
side 2 - 10 
BIN # * 82


A1 Nordic Winds 6:04
A2 Double Your Pleasure 2:50
A3 Shadow Play 5:30
A4 Chariot Race 2:47
B1 Dance The Night Away 3:03
B2 Velvet Lady 4:15
B3 Vortex 3:50
B4 Mad Drums And Englishman / Mavro 5:26
B5 Silhouette 1:20
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