Redhead Record Review – Vol. 9

I discovered Taxi on Hulu, so our featured redhead is Marilu Henner.

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One could argue that the ensemble cast has always been a part of popular television, but it was 70’s era shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, MASH and Taxi that created the format we’re most familiar with today. The production team of Brooks and Davis, along with the writing of James Burrows, are legendary in modern TV history and have been behind many major hit series and movies over the past 30 years.

Likewise, most of the core cast, which included Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Carol Kane and Jeff Conaway, went on to bigger fame after Taxi‘s successful run ended in 1982.

The featured album, Touchdown by Bob James, was released in 1978 and served as the soundtrack for the sitcom’s inaugural season. Touchdown included the song Angela with the subtitle Theme from Taxi. Nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary here; just feel good smooth jazz of the kind that filled the WRVR playlist and New York airwaves back in the day. The personnel list reads as a Who’s Who of the finest studio musicians of the era.

Here’s the opening for Taxi to give you a sense of the vibe for the rest of the album:

Track listing
All songs written by Bob James
“Angela (Theme from Taxi)” – 5:48
“Touchdown” – 5:44
“I Want to Thank You (Very Much)” – 7:07
“Sun Runner” – 6:17
“Caribbean Nights” – 8:46

Personnel
Bob James — Yamaha Grand Electric Piano, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer (Oberheim Polyphonic), Acoustic Piano, Arranger, Conductor
Hiram Bullock — Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Eric Gale — Guitar, Electric Guitar
Earl Klugh, Richie Resnicoff — Acoustic Guitar
Idris Muhammad, Steve Gadd — Drums
Mongo Santamaria, Ralph MacDonald — Percussion
Gary King — Bass
Ron Carter — Piccolo Bass, Acoustic Bass
Hubert Laws — Flute
David Sanborn — Alto Saxophone
Harvey Estrin — Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Dodgion — Alto Saxophone, Flute
Phil Bodner — Alto Saxophone, Flute, Oboe
Howard Johnson — Clarinet (Contrabass), Baritone Saxophone
George Marge — Tenor Saxophone, English Horn, Flute, Oboe, Recorder
Jon Faddis, Mike Lawrence, Randy Brecker, Ron Tooley — Trumpet
Alan Raph, Dave Bargeron, Wayne Andre — Trombone
David Nadien — Concertmaster
Charles McCracken, Jonathan Abramowitz, Richard Locker, Seymour Barab — Cello
Emanuel Vardi, Jean Dane, Sue Pray, Theodore Israel — Viola
Diana Halprin, Harold Kohon, Harry Cykman, Harry Lookofsky, Herbert Sorkin, John Pintavalle, Lewis Eley, Louis Gabowitz, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Richard Sortomme — Violin

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