Legendary T.S.O.P. strings arranger finally releases debut solo album after 39 years in the business
Veteran strings arranger Larry Gold (aka Don Cello?he mastered the instrument by the age of eight) has had a career that other artists dream of, from backing the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr in the ’60s to being a member of MFSB, Gamble and Huff’s The Sound Of Philadelphia house band, followed by a stint writing for Sesame Street. Since the mid-’90s, Gold’s undergone a renaissance, founding his own studio to reinvent that classic Philly sound for the likes of Justin Timberlake and J-Lo. This love letter to Philly soul features a host of guest vocalists including fellow veteran Bunny Sigler, and a nod back to Gold’s gold disc, McFadden And Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”, revisited here with a rap by Black Thought. Gorgeous.