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Ear Candy

by Mic Gillette

From the original lead trumpet for the legendary Tower of Power, Mic Gillette's solo debut lays down the funk and delves into latin and jazz flavors, featuring members of Chicago, Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Tower of Power, The Headhunters, and more.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Funky Good Time - Intro
1:06 $0.99
2. Tell Mama
3:47 $0.99
3. I Like That
3:51 $0.99
4. Before I Go
4:56 $0.99
5. How Was I to Know
3:59 $0.99
6. If Only for a Moment
4:22 $0.99
7. Abaco
4:13 $0.99
8. Open Up the Door
4:22 $0.99
9. If
6:44 $0.99
10. It Had Better Be Tonight
3:53 $0.99
11. Funky Good Time - Complete
4:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Best known for being one of the original members of the Tower of Power horn section, Mic Gillette has continually proven himself as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. For the first time in his career, he ventures into the solo arena, with an album that includes 5 original songs, co-written with his wife Julia, and with a little help from some of his extraordinarily talented friends.

Born and raised in northern California's East Bay area, Mic, a child prodigy, first picked up a trumpet and was reading music at the age of 4. By the age of 15, he joined the Gotham City Crime Fighters with his childhood chums, which later evolved into the Tower of Power, and by the end of his freshman year of college, the band had cut their first album, East Bay Grease. Mic, taking a brief hiatus from TOP, toured and recorded with the band Cold Blood, and upon his return a year later, the Tower hit the road, opening for big name acts like Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

As their reputation as the premier horn band in the U.S. grew, they toured with Elton John, Rod Stewart, and the Rolling Stones, among others. Over the years, Mic has appeared on hundreds of recordings, his discography reading like a "Who's Who" of rock 'n roll. Gillette is a current member of the Sons of Champlin, often referred to as "musicians' musicians," fronted by Chicago vocalist and keyboardist Bill Champlin; Lenny Williams Group; Strokeland Superband; Funky Loophole (Mic's own band); Tortilla Soup; and has recently toured and recorded with The Doobie Brothers and Santana.

Ear Candy, as the name suggests, brings an assortment of flavors and textures to this uniquely diverse collection of tunes. "Funky Good Time," penned by "the Godfather of Soul," James Brown, is woven throughout the album between songs, a tribute to Gillette's funk influences and background, featuring Mic on trombone. Fulfilling a long-time dream to reassemble the original Tower of Power horn section -- the one that set the gold standard for all other horn bands -- he brought Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Greg Adams, and Skip Mesquite, along with TOP bassist Rocco Prestia, into the studio to record the Etta James classic "Tell Mama," which the band played before Kupka and Castillo wrote their first of many songs together. From the tender ballad "I Like That," featuring former TOP lead vocalist Lenny Williams, to the Latin-flavored instrumental "Abaco,"' to "It Had Better Be Tonight," a high-energy cover of the Pink Panther movie original, featuring a screaming horn section and an exceptional drum/percussion dual solo by David Garibaldi (Tower of Power) and Karl Perazzo (Santana), this CD will take you on a musical journey you won't soon forget!

"It was totally awesome to be playing with Mic and the rest of the 'original' Tower of Power horns again and the CD came out just great. Mic Gillette is still the greatest brass player on the planet. Bar none." -Emilio Castillo, Leader, Tower of Power

"Tower of Power's Number 1 Son is back, and out front where he belongs! This album isn't just ear candy ... it's the entire meal!"
-Jeff Eaton, trumpet player and recording artist

"Ear Candy is so fun to listen to. It has the flavor of TOP, but with Mic out front, playing his soaring trumpet and a great new emphasis on trombone. This CD is an absolute joy to listen to from start to finish." -Stan Martin, top L.A. trumpeteer

Guest Artists: Emilio Castillo*, Doc Kupka*, Greg Adams, Skip Mesquite (original Tower of Power horn section); David Garibaldi, Rocco Prestia,
Jeff Tamelier (Tower of Power*); Chester Thompson, Karl Perazzo (Santana); Bill Champlin (Chicago, Sons of Champlin); Marc Russo (Doobie Brothers); Geoff Palmer, Tal Morris (Sons of Champlin); Lenny Williams (Lenny Williams Group); Paul Jackson (Headhunters); George Brooks (Summit); Fred Ross (Strokeland Superband); Ms. Mone't (Boz Scaggs); Jerry Cortez.



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Matango , from Japan

I'm big fan of bay eria & San Francisco fank rock,long long time.Mic's Ear Candy is the one of my favorite.

Matango from Japan

I'm big fan of San Francisco & Bay Aria funk rock,long
long time. Mic's Ear Candy is one of my favorite.

Denny Snow

Kicks ass!
Discovered Mic Gillette in the late 60s with Sons of Champlin, & then Cold Blood, then in the early seventies with Tower of Power. Three decades laters & he's still kickin' ass. Try it...you'll like it!

Larry Bacon

Bad to the "bone". Great superbone work.
Great to hear the original Tower horns playing again. Enjoyed the Lenny Williams tune.


Mic will forever be remembered as Tower of Power's lead trumpet player and every trumpet player in the band since he left the band has had to follow in his enormous footsteps - he wrote the book. It's really fun and rewarding to hear Mic out on his own. Excellent playing, fun tunes, great guests. What are you waiting for? Just buy it.

Bill Fleck

Mic Gillette Rocks
I know Gillette has made his bones as a trumpet player, but on this CD, his King 3B/F TROMBONE playing is front-n-center, and, man, is he good--like Dave Bargeron at his best. The tunes here are great, too--my favorite is "How Was I to Know," growled by none other than Chicago's Bill Champlin. My only complaint is the weaving of cut #1 throughout the CD; it stands alone just fine as the fade-out. "Ear Candy" is highly recommended by this brass fanatic.

thomas zsivkovits

a real must have! terrific cd! this is all i can say about this!


WOW...This CD melts in your ear...not in your hand! EAR CANDY met my expectations and exceeded it! EMILIO, The DOC, Lenny Wms, David Garibaldi (drums), Skip Mesquite (Cold Blood) & most of the original cast & crew of T.O.P. It's that Oakland BAY AREA_BACK-BEAT-FUNK-N-BRASS SOUND that I LUV! MIC y'all woke me out of hibernation, now it's off to eat my honey & sleep.

Carl Dershem

Can you say "Versatile"?
This CD features Mic playing many instruments in many styles, and completely kicking butt on each and every one of them. The playing kicks, the arrangements kick, the songs kick ... and the bands backing him are stellar. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

Carl Dershem

Can you say "Versatile"?
This CD features Mic playing many instruments in many styles, and completely kicking butt on each and every one of them. The playing kicks, the arrangements kick, the songs kick ... and the bands backing him are stellar. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
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