Throwback: Don Blackman-Heart’s Desire

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Don Blackman is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist from Queens, New York. He played with Parliament and was a founding member of Lenny White’s Twennynine. Bernard Wright recorded his song “Haboglabotribin” in 1981 for his Nard album. Blackman’s self-titled solo album came out in 1982 and despite its lack of commercial cred it has proven to be one of the best examples of jazz/funk. “Heart’s Desire,” “Holding You, Loving You,” “Since You’ve Been Away So Long” and “Never Miss A Thing” are considered classics of the UK’s rare groove scene. The whole album has been prodigiously sampled by hip-hoppers. As a session musician he has worked with Sting, Kurtis Blow, Chaka Khan, Roy Ayers and Janet Jackson. In 2002 he released the album Listen on the Expansion label. Blackman has also written music for TV, commercials and film.