Caesar Frazier

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Hailing from Indianapolis, Ceasar Frazier was a funky soul-jazz organist who recorded several albums for the Eastbound/Westbound label family during the '70s. First making his mark in 1972 with one of saxman Lou Donaldson's funkier bands, Frazier cut his first album Hail Ceasar! later that year, which featured musicians commonly associated with the Prestige label's jazz-funk outings -- Melvin Sparks (guitar), Houston Person (tenor), and Idris Muhammad (drums). The follow-up, Ceasar Frazier '75, featured the likes of guitarist Cornell Dupree and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie; the album's key track, "Funk It Down," was later sampled by jazz-obsessed hip-hoppers Gang Starr for their "Ex-Girl to the Next Girl." In 1978, Frazier resurfaced as a smooth soul/disco vocalist with the LP Another Life, and while he showed some affinity for the idiom, it failed to reinvent him as a commercial force outside the jazz-funk marketplace. In addition to recording on his own, Frazier also played keyboards in Marvin Gaye's backing band. Thanks to the rare-groove revival, his rare original LPs now fetch generous sums on the collectors' market. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide
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Albums

EB-9002 Hail Ceasar! — Caesar Frazier Ceasar Frazier* Hail Ceasar! (Album) Eastbound Records EB-9002 US 1972 Sell This Version
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W-206 75 — Caesar Frazier Caesar Frazier 75 (Album) Westbound Records, 20th Century Records W-206 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
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CS 6103 Another Life — Caesar Frazier Caesar Frazier Another Life (Album) Westbound Records CS 6103 US 1978 Sell This Version
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DR019 Instinct — Caesar Frazier Caesar Frazier Instinct(CD, Album) Doodlin' Records DR019 US 2018 Sell This Version
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SCD 2171 Closer To The Truth — Caesar Frazier Caesar Frazier, Lyle Link | Jacques Lesure | Leon Joyce, Jr Caesar Frazier, Lyle Link | Jacques Lesure | Leon Joyce, Jr - Closer To The Truth(CD, Album) Savant SCD 2171 US 2019 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

E-612 See-F / Make It With You — Caesar Frazier Ceasar Frazier* See-F / Make It With You Eastbound Records E-612 US 1973 Sell This Version
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WT 55413 Child Of The Wind — Caesar Frazier Caesar Frazier Child Of The Wind (Single) Westbound Records, Atlantic WT 55413 US 1978 Sell This Version
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Compilations

CDSEWD 047 Hail Caesar! / '75 — Caesar Frazier Caesar Frazier Hail Caesar! / '75(CD, Album, Comp) Eastbound Records, Westbound Records CDSEWD 047 Europe 1999 Sell This Version