The Cannonball Band pumps out a groovin’ cover of the 1973 hit single by Sly and the Family Stone, If You Want Me To Stay. Featured on the Cannonball recording are Cannonball Artists Keith Anderson and Winston Byrd. Anderson and Byrd come from rich backgrounds as performers: Anderson as a saxophonist with Prince, Marcus Miller, and Roy Hargrove; Byrd as a trumpeter with T.S. Monk, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, and is in demand in the NY and LA Studios.
Anderson’s solo is soulful and inspired. The White-Lacquered “Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series” saxophone he uses has as interesting a story as the notes that he chooses. Cannonball produced these white-lacquered saxophones in very limited quantities after Anderson requested the special finish. As a member of Prince’s horn section, Anderson says that Prince wanted all white horns in his horn line. Cannonball followed through with a limited edition white-lacquered model. The elaborate custom engraving by master engraver Ryan Laukat makes Anderson’s horn a true work of art.
Byrd produces a high energy, yet insightful solo showing the depth, maturity, and pure power of the legendary trumpeter. His notes span the entire range of the Cannonball 725 with ease and precision confirming the reason Byrd is in such high demand as a studio musician and performer.
Bringing up the rear on the recording is Cannonball President Tevis Laukat, and lead staff members Randal Clark and Ryan Lillywhite on saxophones. Other members include: Kenji Aihara, guitar; Joel Stevenett, drums; Melanie Shore, keyboards; Alex Rowe, bass.