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A lengthy and interesting talk from 2005 and while has been available on the red bull site its been given a shout as its just now fresh on vimeo

The below is a clip from the transcript which can be read via the links after the video

Lecture: Leon Ware (Seattle 2005) by Red Bull Music Academy

Leon Ware is a living legend. In his session he truly lives up to his reputation as the 'sensual minister', aka the ambassador of nastiness. The critically acclaimed Motown songwriter and arranger recorded a couple of the greatest albums ever. Marvin Gaye's classic I Want You was supposed to be Ware's solo-album but Berry Gordy convinced him to collaborate with the superstar. He wrote the first No. 1 hit for Michael Jackson as a soul artist. Born in Detroit in 1940 as the seventh son of a Ford worker and a beautician, Leon Ware created his first song when he was nine years old. Together with Motown producer Lamont Dozier he played in the band The Romeos. When the '60s began he joined the producer staff of Motown where he worked with The Isley Brothers, Ike And Tina Turner, Diana Ross - you name it. The list of collaborations include Donnie Hathaway, Quincy Jones, and Minnie Riperton - for whom he wrote the quintessential tune Inside My Love. So feel the vibe in this session of Leon Ware and his love for music; and get to know the freaky side of creativity and Leon´s passionate relationship to his equipment.

RBMA: »Good afternoon.«

Leon Ware: »Good afternoon! How is everybody today? (shouts: "Great!" / applause / Leon clapping back) I'm clapping for you all because being here is a step in the right direction, I truly believe. I'm actually very pleased to be here because the meaning of being here is touching as you all came here for the same reason: to touch each other in a way that you can't, I would say, normally. You see the e-mail that we have these days, which is not a bad thing, but at least in this form you get a chance to get into each other one on one and share some ideas. I actually have a couple of songs that I have written for the moment, I won't get into it right now, but let's say that kind of exemplifies the moment in itself. And me being religiously nasty you can expect it to be something that you will smile about, I'm sure.«

RBMA: »Well, those words came from a man who doesn't need all too much introduction. He has been behind a couple of - I think it's fair to say that and a good reason to take off the hat as well (takes off the hat) - one of the best albums - albums are those long records that you can listen to for a long time and not just a three minute hit - that ever have been recorded, I guess. And yeah, I think it's a very good thing to give him an official welcome, Mr. Leon Ware.«



session transcript:


red bull music academy website



note - article updated 2019


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