1989 James JT Taylor – Master Of The Game

Master of the Game is the solo debut of James “J.T.” Taylor, previously known as a member of Kool & the Gang. The album failed to reach mainstream popularity, peaking at #77 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The album was released by MCA Records in 1989.

Tracks

1  Sister Rosa (James JT Taylor) 4:02
2  8 Days A Week (James JT Taylor, Dennis Matkosky) 3:52
3  The House That Jack Built (James JT Taylor) 5:29
4  Bring Back the Night (James JT Taylor) 4:44
5  Master Of The Game (Dennis Matkosky, Paul Gordon) 4:33
6  Kiss My Face (James JT Taylor) 4:30
7  Lay Awake At Night (James JT Taylor) 4:56
8  Girl You’re Mine Now (Jeff Paris) 4:28
9  Romancia (James JT Taylor) 4:42
10  All I Want Is Forever (Diane Warren) 4:28
11  The Promised Land (Bobby Caldwell, Paul Gordon) 4:19

Media

Musicians

1 Sister Rosa

GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsJeff Lorber
OrganDennis Matkosky
ProgrammingJeff Lorber
Background VocalsLeslie Hall
Background VocalsRose Stone
VocalsJames JT Taylor


2 8 Days A Week

BassFred Washington
Drums (programming)James JT Taylor
Drums (programming)Dennis Matkosky
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsJames JT Taylor
KeyboardsDennis Matkosky
KeyboardsWayne Lindsey
SynthesizerJames JT Taylor
SynthesizerDennis Matkosky
SynthesizerWayne Lindsey
SaxDanny Pelfrey
VocalsJames JT Taylor
Background VocalsRose Stone
Background VocalsTata Vega
Background VocalsPhil Perry
VocalsJames JT Taylor


3 The House That Jack Built

KeyboardsJeff Lorber
ProgrammingJeff Lorber
VocalsJames JT Taylor


4 Bring Back the Night

GuitarDavid Williams
GuitarPaul Pesco
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
ProgrammingKevin Jasper
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsJames JT Taylor
Background VocalsStarleana Young
Background VocalsJacinto Manning
Background VocalsYolanda Hagins
Background VocalsCindy Mizelle
VocalsJames JT Taylor


5 Master Of The Game

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsDennis Matkosky
PianoDennis Matkosky
SynclavierDennis Matkosky
SynthesizerDennis Matkosky
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsJames Ingram
Background VocalsAlex Brown
VocalsJames JT Taylor


6 Kiss My Face

GuitarDavid Williams
Acoustic GuitarMichael Thompson
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
KeyboardsJeff Lorber
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
ProgrammingJeff Lorber
VocalsJames JT Taylor

 

7 Lay Awake At Night

Guitar (solo)Michael Thompson
GuitarDavid Williams
Acoustic GuitarMichael Thompson
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
KeyboardsJeff Lorber
ProgrammingJeff Lorber
VocalsJames JT Taylor

 

8 Girl You’re Mine Now

GuitarPaul Pesco
ProgrammingJeff Paris
ProgrammingKevin Jasper
PercussionNorberto Goldberg
Background VocalsStarleana Young
Background VocalsCindy Mizelle
VocalsJames JT Taylor


9 Romancia

GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
ProgrammingSteve Skinner
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsStarleana Young
Background VocalsAlfredo Manning
VocalsJames JT Taylor


10 All I Want Is Forever

BassWalter Afanasieff
Drums (Programming)Walter Afanasieff
GuitarChris Camozzi
SynthesizerRen Klyce
CymbarlGreg Gonoway
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsSkyler Jett
VocalsRegine Belle
VocalsJames JT Taylor


11 The Promised Land

ProgrammingKevin Jasper
GuitarPaul Pesco
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
Background VocalsStarleana Young
Background VocalsAlfredo Manning
VocalsJames JT Taylor

Liner Notes

Producer – James JT Taylor (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11)
Producer – Dennis Matkosky (Tracks 2, 5)
Producer – Eumir Deodato (Tracks 4, 8, 9, 11)
Producer – Narada Michael Walden (Track 10)
Producer (Vocals) – Dennis Matkosky (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7)
Co-producer – Walter Afanasieff (Track 10)
Producer (Executive) – Tom Manning
Arranged By – James JTTaylor (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
Arranged By – Dennis Matkosky (Track 2)
Arranged By – Dennis Matkosky, Paul Gordon (Track 5)
Arranged By – Jeff Paris (Track 8)
Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden (Track 10)
Arranged By – Bobby Caldwell, Paul Gordon (Track 11)
Arranged By (Additional) – Jeff Lorber (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – Marvin Morris (Tracks 1, 3, 5)
Engineer (Assistant) – Bill Malina (Tracks 2, 6, 7, 11)
Engineer (Assistant) – Marc Kolbe, Rick Butz (Track 5)
Engineer (Assistant) – Jeff Poe (Track 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Dana Jon Chappelle (Track 10)
Engineer (Mix) – Patrick MacDougall (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)
Engineer (Mix) – Jeff Poe (Tracks 2, 4)
Engineer (Mix) – Toby Wright (Tracks 4, 5, 8, 9)
Engineer (Mix) – Tom Fritz (Track 11)
Engineer (Remix) – Patrick MacDougall (Track 11)
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Mixed By – Brian Malouf (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Mixed By – David Frazer (Track 10)
Mixed By – Chris Tergesen (Track 11)
Recorded By – Dennis Matkosky, Ian Eales (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11)
Recorded By – Jeff Lorber (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7)
Recorded By – Jeff Lord-Alge (Track 2)
Recorded By – Eumir Deodato (Tracks 4, 8, 11)
Recorded By – Angel Ugarte (Tracks 4, 8)
Recorded By – Angel Ugarte (Tracks 8, 9, 11)
Recorded By – Dana Jon Chappelle (Track 10)
Recorded By (Additional) – David Frazer (Track 10)
Recorded By (Vocals) – Dennis Matkosky (Tracks 6, 7)
Remix – Brian Malouf (Track 11)

Design – DZN, The Design group
Photography By – Randee St. Nicholas

Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
Mastered At – Future Disc
Recorded At – Duplex Sound
Recorded At – Can-Am Recorders
Recorded At – Westlake Audio
Mixed At – The Hit Factory
Mixed At – Chapel Studios, LA