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Unique, creative, and the consummate showman, are only a few of the adjectives you could use to describe The Saga Continues. Roger uses his vocoder or talk box to great effects on a sizzling, squealing version of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour," accompanied by the Mighty Clouds of Joy. A bouncy "In The Mix" soared to #10 R&B in 1984. Ex-Ohio Players' keyboardist, Billy Beck helps on keyboards, and Maceo Parker adds his usual awesome sax outbursts. Most of the songs were written by Roger and his brother Larry, including "Play Your Guitar Brother Roger," awhere his playing skills are highlighted. While a solo album, the lineup remains the same as on the Zapp releases, the musical approach remains the same.

Biography

Born: 29 November 1951 in Hamilton, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Innovative funkster Roger Troutman was the master of the talk box -- an effects unit that created robotic-sounding vocals through the simultaneous use of a piano-like interface and a breath controller (breath tube). What James Jamerson did for the bass, Jimi Hendrix for the guitar, and Stevie Wonder for the harmonica, Troutman did for the talk box. As a member of Zapp, a band that included his brothers Larry, Lester, and Tony, and recording under the solo moniker of Roger, he helped define and give...
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