1978 Michael White – The X Factor

The X Factor is the sixth album by Michael White. It was released in 1978 by Elektra Records.

Michael Walter White (24 May 1930 – 6 December 2016) was an American jazz violinist.

White was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in Oakland, California, taking up the violin when he was six years old. His initial career break occurred in 1965, when he played with the John Handy Quintet at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and subsequently recorded three albums with Handy. White was among the first to play the violin in avant-garde jazz, and in the late 1960s became one of the first jazz violinists to play jazz rock fusion (with his band The Fourth Way). He has played with musicians such as Sun Ra, Prince Lasha, McCoy Tyner, Eric Dolphy, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, and Richard Davis. In early 2007, The Michael White Quintet’s “Mechanical Man” won in The 6th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Jazz Song.

Tracks

1  You Are My Heartbeat (Michael White) 4:02
2  Life As Always (George Duke) 4:11
3  Love Call (Michael White) 3:30
4  Well, Do It Then (Michael White) 3:29
5  The Red Planet (George Duke) 5:05
6  We Don’t Eat No Meat (Michael White) 4:13
7  Let Love Be Your Magic Carpet (Michael White) 6:09
8  Smile In Your Eyes (Leon Chancler) 3:46
9  X Factor (Michael White) 5:11

Media

Musicians

1 You Are My Heartbeat

BassByron Miller
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarMichael Sembello
PianoGreg Phillinganes
FlugelhornWalt Fowler
FluteHubert Laws
SaxAlbert Wing
TromboneBruce Fowler
TrumpetWalt Fowler
ViolinMichael White
PercussionKing Errisson
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsMuffy Hendrix
Background VocalsPetsye Powell


2 Life As Always

BassByron Miller
DrumsLeon Chancler
PianoDawili Gonga
SynthesizerDawili Gonga
ViolinMichael White
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsMuffy Hendrix
Background VocalsPetsye Powell


3 Love Call

BassDave Daniel
DrumsBabatunde Olatunji
GuitarMarvin Boxley
RhodesDuane Roberson
ViolinMichael White
PercussionEdward Myers
PercussionJoseph Barboza
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsPatti Brooks
VocalsPetsye Powell


4 Well, Do It Then

BassDave Daniel
DrumsBabatunde Olatunji
GuitarMarvin Boxley
RhodesDuane Roberson
SynthesizerDawili Gonga
SaxAlbert Wing
TromboneBruce Fowler
TrumpetWalt Fowler
ViolinMichael White
CongasBabatunde Olatunji
PercussionEdward Myers
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsMuffy Hendrix
Background VocalsPetsye Powell


5 The Red Planet

BassByron Miller
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarRoland Bautista
PianoDawili Gonga
SynthesizerDawili Gonga
ViolinMichael White


6 We Don’t Eat No Meat

BassByron Miller
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarMichael Sembello
RhodesGreg Phillinganes
ViolinMichael White
PercussionKing Errisson
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsNapolean Brock
Background VocalsPatti Brooks
Background VocalsPetsye Powell


7 Let Love Be Your Magic Carpet

BassDave Daniel
DrumsJoseph Barboza
GuitarMarvin Boxley
PianoDawili Gonga
SynthesizerDawili Gonga
FluteHubert Laws
SoussaphoneRaul De Souza
ViolinMichael White
PercussionBabatunde Olatunji
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsPatti Brooks
Background VocalsPetsye Powell


8 Smile In Your Eyes

BassByron Miller
DrumsLeon Chancler
OrganDawili Gonga
PianoDawili Gonga
SynthesizerDawili Gonga
ViolinMichael White
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsMuffy Hendrix
Background VocalsPetsye Powell


9 X Factor

BassDave Daniel
DrumsJoseph Barboza
GuitarMarvin Boxley
PianoDuane Roberson
RhodesPatrice Rushen
ViolinMichael White
PercussionBabatunde Olatunji
VocalsLeon Chancler
VocalsMichael White

Liner Notes

Producer – George Duke
Producer (Executive) – Don Mizell
Arranged By – George Duke (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By – Michael White (Track 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
Arranged By – Don Mizell (Tracks 3, 6, 7)
Arranged By – Leon Chancler (Track 8)
Arranged By (Horns) – George Duke (Track 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Mitch Gibson
Engineer (Recording, Mixing) – Kerry McNabb

Art Direction, Design – Ron Coro
Illustration – Bill Imhoff
Photography By, Design – Beverly Parker

Produced For – George Duke Enterprises, Inc.
Recorded At – Paramount Recording Studios
Mastered At – Kendun Recorders
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Records