James Vincent



Included below are James' early ventures in the '60s bands The Exceptions (with Marty Grebb of the Buckinghams and Peter Cetera of Chicago), the psyche band Aorta and the last version of the band HP Lovecraft



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Space Traveler


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Recorded in 1975 and released in 1976. Definitely my most commercially successful project. The single hit the top forty in several markets with no touring support. It was said that if the release had been a year later with the "Star Wars" movie being released, it would have been a possible number 1 hit. R&B jazz fusion would best describe the style. I was at the time on an extended visit to Kauai, Hawaii that turned into almost a year visit, to the complete frustration of my label and management. If you like the funky sounds of the mid seventies you should love this record.

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Waiting for the Rain


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Recorded and released in 1978. While the music was still very much R&B jazz fusion the lyrics boldly reflected my newfound Christian conversion while staying in Hawaii. It shipped world wide because of Space Traveler's success and I received hundreds of letters in support of this record, which had crossed over with a message in secular music that was unprecedented. A year or so later Bob Dylan came out with an album called Saved, which became the second such record.

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CREATION


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With all of the drama and impact of the big bang but from a decidedly more spiritual point of view, here is the new CD from James Vincent. A complete departure from literally everything he has ever done before but with more inspiration and dedication than the average genius puts into a project, we give you the symphonic journey called CREATION

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Each New Morning


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After announcing that he had recorded his last album due to hearing loss, James has found a way to do it again - and this time it's an instrumental, easy listening collection that will definitely make his fans very happy.

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Retrospective


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These twelve instrumental tracks meet the musical criteria of the many alternative and smooth jazz radio stations throughout the world. This compilation was born out of requests from my friends in radio and contains many of my personal favorites that I have recorded over the past thirty years.

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Love and Far Away Places


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Love And Far Away Places is a compilation born out of many requests I have had for a recording that takes you, the listener, on a relaxing and romantic journey. Get ready to visit timeless landscapes in a place with imagery of your own design.When downloading you will have the option to download the high quality MP3 files (320 kbps) or the full wav files.



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Pure Satisfaction


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Completed in 2001, Pure Satisfaction is a reflection of my love of jazz and other influences coupled with a gospel message. Waiting For The Rain and Enter In fans should definitely check it out.

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Greatest Hits


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Released 2001, it features nearly 74 minutes of the songs most requested over the years along with a previously unreleased instrumental cut recorded in 1995 called "Gato".

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Second Wind


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Released in 1997 after a 12 year complete departure from music, which time will not allow me to go into now, I felt the call to once again explore the gift of music I had been given. This brought about my first recording in 17 years. Second Wind is a jazz fusion project with some surprises here and there. It is mostly instrumental. Jazziz Magazine chose the cut "Peaks" as one of the winners of their "Guitars on Fire" contest held in the late 90's. If you like jazz guitar you will appreciate this CD.

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Enter In


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Recorded and released in 1980. Again the same musical style as Waiting For The Rain but perhaps more thought provoking lyrically in it's content. While contemporary Christian music was still developing in the marketplace this album was quite unusual because it had a strong jazz style compared to the pop rock styles of that time. It was never the less warmly embraced by the more musically sophisticated listeners.

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Culmination


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Eclecticity


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Mystery Of Love


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Aorta


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Produced by Bill Traut and James Vincent. Originally recorded in 1968. Basic tracks and vocal tracks arranged by Aorta and recorded at Great Lakes Recording, Sparta, MI. Engineers: David Kalmbach and Bryce Roberson. Orchestra arranged by Jim Nyeholt and recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago, IL. Engineer: Jerry de Clercq. Remixed at CBS Studios, New York. Remix engineer: Glenn Kolotkin. Special effects by Bill Traut.

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Aorta 2


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Originally recorded in Chicago, IL at Universal Studios in 1969. All compositions by J. Vincent/M. Been, except "Willie Jean" (Traditional) arr. by J.Vincent/M. Been, and "Egypt" composed by T. Dondelinger. Produced by James Vincent & Bill Traut. Engineer: Jerry DeClercq. Arranged by Aorta.

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Lovecraft - Valley of the Moon


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Originally recorded in 1970 at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, CA. Produced by Lovecraft. Engineer: Steve Barncard. Mix down engineer: Fred Catero. Personal management: Bill Graham.

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The Exceptions - Collection


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Featuring Peter Cetera. All songs originally recorded in monaural using various studios throughout Chicago, and some songs were recorded in only an hour or two, due to shoestring budgets. These recordings were made between 1964 and 1967. For this release they have been digitally re-mastered with simulated stereo sound. Although a "must have" for any Peter Cetera and/or Exceptions fan, most would no doubt agree that these recordings fall far short of capturing the essence of what the band delivered live. This CD is being offered in response to numerous requests from those who remember those live performances, as well as from the many who are just curious.

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More about James Vincent:

Raised in the blues-rich south side of Chicago, he studied the methods of B.B. King and Johnny Smith. He fashioned his finger-picking guitar technique after the great Chet Atkins. James continued to perfect his talent and soon was playing in many of Chicago's more well-known clubs. It was while perfoming here that he was asked to join a band known as The Exceptions, originally founded by Kal David, Marty Grebb and Pete Cetera. They soon became one of the most in demand club acts in town. The Exceptions reached their pinnacle when they toured with Otis Redding.

Cetera later left to pursue other avenues, eventually winding up as the lead singer for Chicago. Vincent's talents were much in demand as a studio musician, laying down tracks for Minnie Ripperton, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and many notable Chess Records recording artists.

Along the way Vincent met rock promoter Bill Graham, who at the time was managing a band called H.P. Lovecraft. The band needed a guitar player and Vincent needed a change, so he took the job and moved to San Francisco. Through that project he met Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia, who had just recorded a now cult classic lp called "Hooter Roll" which was well stocked with talented musicians.

Vincent toured with them for a brief time and liked Garcia's laid-back style, but what he really liked was the work of the guitarist for Hooter Roll's opening band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra featuring John McLaughlin. Their fusion style inspired Vincent and once again he found himself spinning in a new direction.

Vincent later signed with Columbia/Caribou Records and recorded four albums, the most successful being Space Traveler with Harvey Mason on drums, Verdine and Freddy White from Earth, Wind and Fire, Ron Stockert on keyboards and Pete Cetera on background vocals. Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire offered Vincent a position with the band while chatting together on a flight back from England. Though flattered, Vincent declined the offer due to his heavy schedule with his solo career and special projects, such as recording an instrumental album with Rufus, recording and touring with the Latin band Azteca, featuring Sheila E. and Neal Schon (later of Journey fame), and performing with Santana, Tom Scott and the L.A. Express and Etta James band featuring Gregg Allman, to name a few.

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