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A former jazz percussionist, Mtume moved into urban contemporary and funk in the late '70s and became one of the more successful producers and performers in both styles during the '80s. The son of the great jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Mtume was a conga player and percussionist who recorded and toured with Miles Davis and was featured on albums by the Heath Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard. He even recorded as a bandleader for Strata-East before turning to funk in the late '70s. Mtume's band included the sassy, sultry vocalist Tawatha Agee, keyboardist Phil Fields, and bassist Ray Johnson. They had a number one R&B hit with "Juicy Fruit" for Epic in 1983 and a number two single in 1984 with "You, Me and He." They recorded for Epic until the late '80s. Agee went solo in 1987. Their final Top Ten hit was "Breathless" in 1986. Mtume also teamed with another ex-jazz musician, Reggie Lucas, who had also been in Davis' '70s band. They produced and/or wrote for such artists as Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, Gary Bartz, Sadane, Lou Rawls, Rena Scott, and Eddie Henderson in the late '70s. The duo worked on the LP In Search of the Rainbow Seekers for Epic in 1980. Mtume worked on his own as a producer with several artists, among them Levert, Tyrone Brunson, Roy Ayers, Henderson, Tease, and Sue Ann. ~ Ron Wynn
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Albums by
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    15 songs

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    Juicy Fruit

    10 songs

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    In Search of the Rainbow Seekers

    13 songs

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    Kiss This World Goodbye

    8 songs

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    Theatre Of The Mind

    8 songs

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    You, Me and He

    8 songs

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    Juicy Fruit

    14 songs

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    You, Me and He (Deluxe Edition)

    15 songs

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    You, Me and He

    14 songs

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    You, Me and Him [Expanded Edition]

    9 songs

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    Theater of the Mind

    8 songs

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    Juicy Fruit

    15 songs

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    The Best of Mtume and Lucas


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