If you were a music fan and record collector in the 60's, 70's and 80's, you probably have already heard Richard Tee's piano playing. I say that, because in the album era, Richard was one of the most requested studio musicians in the music world. His piano chops can be heard on albums by George Harrison, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Grover Washington George Benson, Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones Paul Simon, Tom Scott, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Marvin Gaye, Peter Gabriel, as well as countless other's, along with his very own Jazz/funk/fusion band Stuff. His name appeared in the liner notes of many hit albums of that era. He has appeared in the movie "One Trick pony", and such concert Dvd's as "Simon & Garfunkel Live In Central Park", "The Gadd Gang Live", and "Stuff Live In Montreux. During the late 70's when Stuff was at their popularity peak, Richard Tee released his first solo albums, on Bob James Tappan Zee records. "Strokin" released in 1979 and "Natural Ingredients", released in 1980, remain his definitive albums, and until now have only been available on expensive Japanese imports. This two/fer on one cd, has all the goods. Supported by an all-star cast of Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker, Chuck Rainey, Tom Scott, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken, and Valarie Simpson, these two albums cook with that gospel funk piano that Richard is famous for. Tunes like "Strokin', "Take The A Train", "Spinning Song", and "Now", all give you that Jazz/funk sound that is very reminiscent of his music with Stuff. A few funk drum/piano duels from Richard and Steve Gadd give it that high octane Stuff sound. The real gem here is Richard Tee's take on "Tell It Like It Is", which is the best tune on the entire cd, his singing has soulful grit on this number, and the Eric Gale guitar solo is that unmistakable vintage Gale sound. Richard Tee went on to release other fine albums, like "Inside You", "Bottom line', and of course "Real Time", but these two in my estimation, are his cream of the crop releases. Richard passed away in 1993, at the young age of 49, but deserves to be recognized as one of the finest keyboard players of the modern music era. Richard Tee left us too soon!