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R.I.P. Mtume

James Foreman was born and raised in South Philadelphia. He’s the son of jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, however he was raised by James “Hen Gates” Forman, a neighborhood jazz pianist in Philadelphia.

Mtume grew up in a musical atmosphere the place jazz musicians frequented his mother and father’ dwelling.

He produced Stephanie Mills and formed his own group called Mtume that had hits “Juicy Fruit” and “You, Me and He”. Tawatha Agee was featured on vocals.
He also cowrote the big hit by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway called “The Closer I Get To You”.
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Reply #1 posted 01/09/22 1:43pm

SoulAlive

sad R.I.P James Mtume
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Reply #2 posted 01/09/22 4:29pm

onlyforaminute

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Juicy Fruit
RIP
Time keeps on slipping into the future...


This moment is all there is...
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Reply #3 posted 01/10/22 7:36am

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He also cowrote the big hit by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway called “The Closer I Get To You”.

Also "Back Together Again".

I really love his songs for Stephanie Mills, like "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'", "Starlight", and "Never Knew Love Like This Before". whistle I actually have made a playlist for February with that song on it. heart

His writing and producing partner Reggie Lucas passed away in 2018. They also wrote my favorite Phyllis Hyman jam "You Know How To Love Me". dancing jig

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Reply #4 posted 01/10/22 9:25am

cherishtheday

RIP Mtume

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Reply #5 posted 01/10/22 1:50pm

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His early work with Stephanie Mills was incredible. Put Your Body In It is one of my favorites but

What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin and Never Knew Love Like This Before earned him awards as

her producer. He also will forever be known as Mr. Juicy Fruit with his own band Mtume but they had

some great tunes before they broke out big with Juicy Fruit.

I like Just Funnin and Kiss The World Goodbye. RIP James Mtume

Don't laugh at my funk
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Reply #6 posted 01/10/22 4:46pm

mrwiggles

a bad brotha this one hit me pretty hard RIP

[Edited 1/10/22 16:46pm]

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Reply #7 posted 01/11/22 6:49am

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Would U Like 2 Fool Around

COD

You Are My Sunshine

Prime Time

Juicy Fruit

Simply Like

Breathless

You Me and He

Tie Me Up

He will be missed!!!

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Reply #8 posted 01/11/22 8:14am

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James and Reggie also produced Phyllis Hyman's most successful album at Arista "You Know How To Love Me". They were scheduled to produce the next album until Phyllis went to the press and panned the album. So they passed on producing her final album for the label.

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Reply #9 posted 01/12/22 7:04am

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kitbradley said:

James and Reggie also produced Phyllis Hyman's most successful album at Arista "You Know How To Love Me". They were scheduled to produce the next album until Phyllis went to the press and panned the album. So they passed on producing her final album for the label.

Should I listen 2 that album? Is it funky

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Reply #10 posted 01/13/22 8:32am

Cinny

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"Love Lock" from Mtume's Kiss This World Goodbye (1978)

Wish we could still embed YouTube vids here smile

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Reply #11 posted 01/13/22 8:34am

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I really got into the album Mtume produced for Juicy Fruit chanteuse TAWATHA.

cloud9 "Did I Dream You?"

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Reply #12 posted 01/13/22 8:43pm

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Cinny said:

I really got into the album Mtume produced for Juicy Fruit chanteuse TAWATHA.

cloud9 "Did I Dream You?"

Is that the album Thigh Ride is on?

Don't laugh at my funk
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Reply #13 posted 01/13/22 10:00pm

SoulAlive

paisleypark4 said:

kitbradley said:

James and Reggie also produced Phyllis Hyman's most successful album at Arista "You Know How To Love Me". They were scheduled to produce the next album until Phyllis went to the press and panned the album. So they passed on producing her final album for the label.

Should I listen 2 that album? Is it funky

I think it's one of her best albums.Contains the title track hit single,plus the excellent second single "Under Your Spell".Give it a listen.it's great.

You Know How to Love Me (CD)

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Reply #14 posted 01/14/22 2:19am

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What?? James Mtume died? sad

Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #15 posted 01/14/22 11:18am

SoulAlive

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His early work with Stephanie Mills was incredible. Put Your Body In It is one of my favorites


“Put Your Body In It” is my absolute favorite Stephanie Mills song.That’s an irresistible groove!
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Reply #16 posted 01/14/22 11:51am

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And another one of the greats of the past bites the dust... neutral

RIP Mtume, thank you for the music!

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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Reply #17 posted 01/14/22 12:15pm

Cinny

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phunkdaddy said:

Cinny said:

I really got into the album Mtume produced for Juicy Fruit chanteuse TAWATHA.

cloud9 "Did I Dream You?"

Is that the album Thigh Ride is on?


yes! thumbs up! Actually, she only has the one solo album.

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Reply #18 posted 01/14/22 12:18pm

Cinny

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JoeyC said:

What?? James Mtume died? sad


Yeah. I'm not getting over it as fast as I thought I would. sad

Rewatched TVOne's Mtume UNSUNG last night.

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Reply #19 posted 01/14/22 1:07pm

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Mad respect for the brother RIP. Enjoyed the debates in the 90's about the "soul" of Jazz music. When some young jazz lions attempted to compare the genre to classical music. More importantly some attempted to "go back to the womb" despite an attempt to remake what had already been composed and arranged and deem it "new".

The depth of music James mastered knew no bounds. Boy, we are blessed he's left a discography of his talents and touch other artist as well. God speed, Mr. James Mtume.

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Reply #20 posted 01/14/22 2:15pm

SoulAlive

I was just thinking...."Juicy Fruit" was a really unique,groundbreaking R&B single in 1983.With those bold,suggestive lyrics,it's surprising that R&B radio really supported it biggrin later,the infectious beat was heavily sampled by rappers.

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Reply #21 posted 01/14/22 4:15pm

mrwiggles

I've been rolling the vinyl of Theatre of the Mind over here. Welcome to the New Face Deli.

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Reply #22 posted 01/14/22 4:27pm

SoulAlive

the 1984 album You,Me and He is absolutely brilliant.Some excellent tunes throughout.

Mtume – You, Me And He (1984, Vinyl) - Discogs

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Reply #23 posted 01/14/22 11:41pm

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SoulAlive said:

phunkdaddy said:
His early work with Stephanie Mills was incredible. Put Your Body In It is one of my favorites
“Put Your Body In It” is my absolute favorite Stephanie Mills song.That’s an irresistible groove!

I saw her about 5 or 6 years ago live. She was getting it with Put Your Body In It.

The crowd was in it too.

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Reply #24 posted 01/15/22 8:39am

mrwiggles

SoulAlive said:

the 1984 album You,Me and He is absolutely brilliant.Some excellent tunes throughout.

Mtume – You, Me And He (1984, Vinyl) - Discogs

Yes Prime Time was my joint offa this one.

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Reply #25 posted 01/15/22 1:53pm

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"That mountain top situation is not really what it's all cracked up 2 B when eye was doing the Purple Rain tour eye had a lot of people who eye knew eye'll never c again @ the concerts.just screamin n places they thought they was suppose 2 scream."prince
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Reply #26 posted 01/17/22 1:25am

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Dag, I was channel surfing January 12 and stopped at Unsung featuring Mtume. I didn't know he had died on the 9th until this past Friday. RIP Mtume
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Reply #27 posted 01/17/22 1:30am

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Dag, I was channel surfing January 12 and stopped at Unsung featuring Mtume. I didn't know he had died on the 9th until this past Friday. RIP Mtume
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Reply #28 posted 01/17/22 4:19pm

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Cinny said:



RnBAmbassador said:


He also cowrote the big hit by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway called “The Closer I Get To You”.

Also "Back Together Again".



My absolute fave Mtume/Lucas production, the song is perfect in every way and they added the icing on the cake with the background vocals in the fade.

One of my fave Mtume moments was when he read Stanley Crouch for fifth during their Miles Davis debate. Thank god for YouTube, all of us can witness it.

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...

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Reply #29 posted 01/18/22 8:19am

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Shouldn't this thread be stickified?
RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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