Sound Obsession

Dexter Wansel

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120 minsFirst aired 8 Mar 2019
Artwork by Nick Taylor

Kirk puts your favourite musical heroes’ discographies to the acid test. This time it’s all about Dexter Wansel. Can we get a Philly hit?

The legendary keyboard player and producer who put Philly on the musical map like few of his contemporaries. Alongside the production duo Gamble & Huff, Dexter Wansel created a special sonic texture that became known as the Philly sound. Since the early 1970s, Wansel has worked with Patti Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass, The Jacksons or Grover Washington Jr., scored a Grammy for his contribution to Lou Rawls’ Unmistakably Lou and played a crucial part in the invention of new age soul and jazz funk. His impact on soul and pop music from the ’70s onwards might be without question, but his feel for the right arc of suspense goes beyond the realms of music, as proven by his 2011 debut novel Shortwave. As usual, Kirk knows more.

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