Randell Young (guitar, bass, keyboards)
Jeffery B. Suttles (drums)
Melvin Williams, Willis Nance, Bill Stewart (trumpets)
Written, Arranged and Produced by Randell Young
Associate Producer and Confidante: Joni Margaux
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by
Bill Davidow at Virlouise, Anaheim, California
Influences you may hear on this record might include Donald Fagen, Marcus Miller, The Jazz Crusaders, and Herbie Han.
The polychords that Randell uses on the intro sound very much to me like the sort of thing Donald Fagen might do, particularly during that late-Seventies period when Steely Dan took a turn toward Jazz. Once the tempo kicks in, the bass line is very much in the style of Marcus Miller. The synthesized melody (in both tone and content) sounds like what Herbie Han might play. The melody of the bridge, while pla by our trumpets, reminds me of how Wilton Felder and Wayne Henderson might have treated that movement.
If you are wondering what the heck are we doing putting out an instrumental, just remember Steely Dan included a version of the Duke Ellington classic East St. Louis Toodle-Oo on their Pretzel Logic al. At lease Deo Juvante is 100 percent our original tune. Ya dig?