With over three decades of success and influence, Vincent Montana, Jr. the multi-talented Producer, Arranger, Composer, Conductor and renowned Vibraharpist continues to be a vital force in music today. With countless gold and platinum awards to his name, his contribution and dedication to music has inspired and profoundly affected many producers, DJs, artists, musicians, listeners and dancers alike. Now, more than ever Montana proves to be a musical explorer worth following to the limit as he continues to spread his musical message; a fundamental message for anyone who wants to understand the history and roots of
Among the numerous credits to his name, Montana is most recognized for his integral role in both the development of ”The Philadelphia Sound” as key MFSB rhythm section member and established studio musician for Philadelphia International Records as well as dance pioneer of the ”Disco Era” as the creative and driving force behind the legendary Salsoul Orchestra. Further contributions include his remarkable productions with The Montana Orchestra and Goody Goody (Atlantic Records) and particularly, the signature club classics on his own Philly Sound Works label.
PSW began with the release of the instrumental Heavy Vibes which was inspired by the simple fact that the Vibraharp is so heavy to cart around. Mixed by Izzy Sanchez, this catchy track scored Montana a top ten club hit in ’82, yet is still being sought out by DJs today for it’s awesome groove and striking vibe solo. Subsequently, Montana Sextet was formed consisting of long-standing session mates, Earl Young (Drums), Ronnie Baker (Bass), Larry Washington (Percussion) John Bonnie (Alto Sax), and Ronnie James (Guitar) to name a few. Montana then developed and released a series of rhythm based club anthems such as ”It Looks Like Love”, ”Who Needs Enemies (With A Friend Like You)”, ”What Happened To The Music” and ”South Soul Party Mix” featuring remixes by the likes of Paul Simpson, Renald Deschamps and Laurance Levon.
Given the era in which the recordings were made, the music of Vincent Montana, Jr. was produced with a futuristic perspective; this is evident due to the fact that his grooves and riffs are still being sampled and utilized to this day. The staying power of his enduring career is certainly because of his exceptional good taste and diversified talent, but also is the fact that although he is firmly rooted in traditional instruments and ways, he has managed to embrace newer styles and to use technology to his advantage. As a result, Montana continues to make his mark on the industry, whether directly through his efforts with today’s most prominent artists and producers (Masters At Work - ”Nuyorican Soul”, ”The Boss”, ”Always There”) or indirectly via sampling of his catalogue (DJ Spiller - ”Groovejet - If This Ain’t Love”).
The future contributions of Vincent Montana, Jr. are yet to be seen and heard. Striking up his vibrant Philly Sound Orchestra he returns once again with his latest projects complete with lush strings, distinct arrangements, cool vibes and all the added touches, quality, musicianship and originality expected of a Montana Production. Both the man and his music show no signs of slowing down. He’s back to revive and relive it all again.
Now That’s The Philly Sound!! ™
For more details about this amazing talent and his extensive career please visit:
Vincent Montana, Jr. ”The African Track”
”That’s What Love Does”
”Mixdown Vol. III”
”Philly Ear Kandy”
”Christmas Time Is Here”
”One Hour Of Christmas Music”
”This One’s For You”