1981 Heat – Still Waiting

Still Waiting was Heat’s second album, released in 1981

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.

In addition to the outstanding vocal talents of Jean Marie Arnold & Joe Pizzulo, Saviano booked players for the HEAT sessions that have since gone onto legendary status such as David Foster, Paul Jackson Jr., Neil Stubenhaus, Jai Winding, Steve Porcaro, James Gadson, Harvey Mason, Lenny Castro, Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley and more. Those initial HEAT recordings captured that “lightning in a bottle” that ignited as soon as the heads hit the tape. Billboard, Cashbox and other trade magazines at the time immediately recognized the debut HEAT music as a force that came blazing into the atmosphere with a sophisticated presence usually expected from veterans such as Quincy Jones or a team like Maurice White & Charles Stepney. The album contained eight phenomenal compositions that Saviano co-wrote, co-produced, arranged and performed. With only its simple, stark black album cover with the red flame HEAT logo design across the top, listeners who didn’t bother to read the liner notes had no idea of the talent involved or who masterminded putting together this horn laden groove-fest. All that mattered was the MUSIC. Tracks like “Pickin’ And Choosin’”, “This Love That We’ve Found” and “Just Like You” received extensive airplay on R&B and Pop radio while climbing the Billboard charts with a bullet. “Just Like You” was also hand picked by Debbie Allen and used for her dance feature on an episode of the FAME television series as well as being covered on the “Kids From FAME” soundtrack album.
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Tracks

1Still Waiting (Tom Saviano, Jean Marie Arnold, David Wolfert)3:24
2Follow You Home (Tom Saviano, Sue Sheridan)3:47
3Take Me There (Tom Saviano, Jean Marie Arnold)3:38
4Give It A Chance (Tom Saviano, Jean Marie Arnold)4:41
5Don’t Waste A Minute (Tom Saviano)4:30
6Regina (Tom Saviano, Dorie Pride)4:21
7Keep On Movin’ (Tom Saviano)3:35
8Solarisis (Tom Saviano)5:52
9Still Waiting (Single Edit) (Tom Saviano, Jean Marie Arnold, David Wolfert)3:22
10Follow You Home (Single Edit) (Tom Saviano, Sue Sheridan)3:39

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Musicians

Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Bass Eddie Watkins Jr
Bass Bill Bodine
Drums Ed Greene
Drums James Gadson
Drums Hugh Morran
Drums Art Rodriguez
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Guitar Thom Rotella
Guitar Pat Kelly
Guitar John Hunt
Guitar Vinnie Vincent
Keyboards Tom Saviano
Keyboards Jai Winding
Keyboards Barnaby Finch
Keyboards David Diggs
Sax Tom Saviano
Background Vocals Tom Saviano
Vocals Jean Marie Arnold
Vocals Ed Whiting

Liner Notes

Producer – Tom Saviano
Engineer – John Mills, Larry Elliott
Engineer (Assistant) – Bruce Wildstein, Chip Orlando, Cliff Zellman, Stuart Whitman
Executive-Producer – Charles Koppelman, Gary Klein

Art Direction – George Osaki
Design – David Hogan
Photography By – Greg Norman

Produced For – The Entertainment Company
Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.