Tuesday, December 08, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-3rd Force

Artist:3rd Force
Song:Revelation Of The Heart
Album:Collective Force: The Very Best Of 3rd Force

3rd Force is a mix of jazz and electronic music. They had success on the Smooth Jazz charts in the 90s. They don't appear to be active. The leader of 3rd Force was Detroit native William Aura (real name-Bill Byerly). He started out in the 80s recording New Age music on his own label. I assume he took the name William Aura because he thought it was a good name for a New Age artist. In 1987, he signed with Virgin Records owned Higher Octave Music which was founded to distribute jazz that Virgin didn't want to release on the parent label. Meanwhile Alain Eskinasi was a remix guy working in Electronic Dance Music. The third member of 3rd Force was Craig Dobbin. They released their debut CD 3rd Force in 1994. They had success in the Smooth Jazz and Electronic Dance Music charts. Revelation Of The Heart is from the 1999 CD Force Field. It features sax player Paul Taylor and guitarist Brian Hughes. Both have recorded several albums of their own. They use several guest musicians including guitarist Craig Chaquico of Starship and they have appeared on his albums. Other guests include Peter White, Grant Geissman, Earl Klugh, Tom Scott, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Boney James and Rick Braun. 3rd Force last recorded in 2005. This comp is a good intro to their music. It doesn't look like the band is active anymore. Eskinasi has returned to doing remixes and Aura occasionally turns up on albums as a sideman. Smooth Jazz fans will want to check out 3rd Force. Here's a video for Revelation Of The Heart by 3rd Force.

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