A hard-luck blues band of the '60s, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. They seemed to be on the right track and played all the right festivals (including Monterey and Woodstock, making it very prominently into the documentaries about both) but somehow never found a lasting audience.
Soul Jazz piano instrumentals, produced by none other than The Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. Dee Felice Trio wonderfully well rounded instrumentation and varied set. The music is a mixed bag of soul, rock, blues, folk and bossa nova. The song "The Crickets Sing" incorporates a great drum solo, and has been championed by many DJs in the UK rare groove scene.
Back in November of 1979, deeply respected saxophonist and arranger Tom Saviano assembled a group of outstanding musicians and vocalists to create an incredible jazz infused R&B/Pop debut album under the band name HEAT. At the time, Saviano had just come off of working extensively with Melissa Manchester as musical director on her tours as well as in the studio. But now his HEAT project was literally turning up the fire on his talents as a writer, producer, arranger and musician.