The Mizell Brothers
Larry and Fonce (Alphonso) Mizell, without a doubt were the hottest songwriters and producers of the 1970s, giving us some of the finest jazz-funk and R&B records ever produced. With their distinctive style they gave music a whole new quality, resulting in a fascinating groove that has always held its appeal and paved the way for hip hop, neo soul, and soulful house music today.
Fonce Mizell started off as a member of Motown's famous production team The Corporation. Together with Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Berry Gordy Jr., Fonce took part in writing and producing many of the Jackson Five's early hits, such as "I Want You Back" and "ABC," and also worked with other Motown acts including Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas and Bobby Darin.
Larry Mizell worked with Donald Byrd on his Grammy-nominated and best-selling Black Byrd album on Blue Note, and then once the brothers both moved to California, they began working together, producing a string of fantastic records with their company, Sky High Productions. Most of their work during that time was for Blue Note and includes classic jazz-funk like Donald Byrd's "Street Lady," Bobbi Humphrey's "Blacks And Blues," and deep soul-funk and R&B like Gary Bartz's "The Shadow Do," as well as huge disco hits like A Taste Of Honey's "Boogie, Oogie, Oogie" on Capitol Records.