1980 Heat – Heat

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 mu¬sic 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

1  Just Like You (Tom Saviano, Jean Marie Arnold) 4:40
2  It’s Up To You (Tom Saviano) 4:03
3  This Love That We ‘ve Found (Tom Saviano, Jean Marie Arnold) 5:14
4  Don’t You Walk Away (Tom Saviano) 4:14
5  Pickin’ And Choosin’ (Tom Saviano) 4:15
6  Whatever It Is (Tom Saviano, Jean Marie Arnold) 4:35
7  Side Steppin’ (Tom Saviano) 4:13
8  Billet Doux (Tom Saviano) 7:33

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Musicians

Sax Tom Saviano
Vocals Jean Marie Arnold
Vocals Joe Pizzulo

Other Musicians

1 Just Like You

Bass Ed Watkins
Drums James Gadson
Guitar Paul Jackson
Guitar Thom Rotella
Piano Jai Winding
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trumpet Judd Miller
Trumpet Ralph Rickert
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trombone Doug Wintz
Trombone Phil Teele
Percussion Lenny Castro


2 It’s Up To You

Bass Ed Watkins
Drums James Gadson
Guitar Thom Rotella
Guitar Charles Fearing
Piano David Foster
Piano Jai Winding
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trumpet Judd Miller
Trumpet Ralph Rickert
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trombone Doug Wintz
Trombone Phil Teele
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Arnold McCuller


3 This Love That We ‘ve Found

Bass Ed Watkins
Drums James Gadson
Piano David Foster
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Judd Miller
Trumpet Ralph Rickert
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trombone Doug Wintz
Trombone Phil Teele
Arnold McCuller Arnold McCuller


4 Don’t You Walk Away

Bass Ed Watkins
Drums James Gadson
Piano David Foster
Guitar Thom Rotella
Guitar Charles Fearing
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Arnold McCuller


5 Pickin’ And Choosin’

Bass Ed Watkins
Drums Ed Greene
Drums Harvey Mason
Guitar Thom Rotella
Guitar Charles Fearing
Piano Jai Winding
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trumpet Judd Miller
Trumpet Ralph Rickert
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trombone Doug Wintz
Trombone Phil Teele
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Arnold McCuller


6 Whatever It Is

Bass Ed Watkins
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar Thom Rotella
Guitar Charles Fearing
Piano Jai Winding
Keyboards Steve Porcaro
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trumpet Judd Miller
Trumpet Ralph Rickert
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trombone Doug Wintz
Trombone Phil Teele


7 Side Steppin’

Bass Ed Watkins
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar Thom Rotella
Guitar Charles Fearing
Keyboards Jai Winding
Keyboards Clarence McDonald
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Judd Miller
Trumpet Ralph Rickert
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trombone Doug Wintz
Trombone Phil Teele
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Arnold McCuller


8 Billet Doux

Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Drums Harvey Mason
Keyboards Victor Feldman
Acoustic Guitar Thom Rotella
Vibes Victor Feldman

Liner Notes

Producer – David Wolfert, Tom Saviano
Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Coordinator – Linda Gerrity, Susan Goldman
Engineer – Stewart Whitmore
Engineer (Assistant) – Don Henderson, Stewart Whitmore
Executive Producer – Charles Koppelmann, Gary Klein
Mixed By – John Mills
Remastered By – Bob Stone

Art Direction – George Osaki
Design – Norman Moore

Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Mixed At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Produced For – The Entertainment Company
Published By – Koppelman-Bandier Music Corp.