Acoustic Piano,Fender Rhodes,Prophet 5
Throughout the years, Starpoint has had additional musicians in the studio and on tour. The first to be mentioned is Marvin Ennis. Marvin was actually one of Starpoints' band members. He began playing with the Phillips brothers way before the group was called Starpoint. Marvin was about 12 years old when he joined the group, which was called Licyndiana at the time. He would come to the Phillips' house for rehearsals and sometimes just to jam. The jams sessions usually turned toward jazz rock ( 70's fusion), fueled by Greg Phillips and Marvin Ennis, who have a great love for groups like, Gentle Giant, Yes, Hatfield and the North, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, etc. A band named Effort's Subtle Conference came out of those jam sessions, and the writing sessions that Greg and Marvin had. Effort's Subtle Conference was: Greg Phillips (drums and vocals), Marvin Ennis (keyboards and vocals), Ernesto Phillips (guitar) and Orlando Phillips (bass). At the same time Licyndiana was developing their sound for contemporary and modern day R&B music for the new decade to come, the 80's. Licyndiana changed their name to Starpoint before signing the first recording contract. Marvin decided not to sign for personal reasons and other business obligations. Marvin recorded and toured with Starpoint for many years. He was on the "Restless" Tour from '85-'86. Starpoint toured with, Morris Day and The Isley Brothers, then with Luther Vandross on that tour. The "Restless Tour" was the most notable tour of Starpoint's career! Marvin's great writing talent and unique style in keyboard playing were part of the Starpoint sound, particularly on the earlier recordings and live performances. Starpoint has always appreciated Marvin's contributions to their music and success!
Starpoint: keyboards and synthesizers wrote: "Never Find A Better Love"
Wanting You: Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes, Prophet 5
It's All Yours: Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes, Prophet 5 co-wrote: "Send Me A Letter" and "Breakout"
It's So Delicious: Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes, Prophet 5 co-wrote: "Give Real Love A Try"
Starpoint Live: Fender Rhodes,Prophet 5,Mini Moog (on tracks 1,2,3,4,5,8,10) wrote: "Never Say I Do"
"Never Say I Do" was also released as a single w/ Renee Diggs and Cliff Dawson
Mini Moog,Acoustic Piano,Fender Rhodes,Prophet 5
Louie Oxley was introduced to Starpoint in '81, while in search for a new keyboard player and a guitar player. He came to a rehearsal to audition with a buddy of his named Topper who played guitar. Starpoint was getting ready for an upcoming tour. At the first rehearsal with Louie everyone noticed his abilities in playing keyboards, particularly the Mini Moog. Starpoint would always play 70's instrumental jazz fusion (jamming), at rehearsals for fun. Something that started with the Phillips brother's a long time ago, early in their musical training. They would jam on songs by groups like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. All of these bands had great keyboard players that played the Mini Moog well. (Jan Hammer. Chick Corea, George Duke) Louie would sound like all of them and more. He was also great with the Mini Moog bass sound and playing R&B and funk. Louie was hired at that audition. Topper was great too, at playing fusion, but not the greatest for R&B and funk, so Starpoint went without a guitar player for a while. Starpoint toured with Louie Oxley, the first show was at the Warner Theatre in Washington,D.C. opening for Larry Graham. Starpoint recorded the album "KEEP ON IT" with Louie Oxley, the second album released. You can here Louie's fantastic Moog bass work on the title song, "Keep On It" which was released as a single and did very well, hitting "Top 20" on the R&B charts. On the same album, Louie was co-writer of the song "Starpoint's Here Tonight". You can here his Lead Mini Moog work on that song. Starpoint has benefited greatly for ever coming in contact with Louie Oxley. To this day, Starpoint is very thankful of Louie's expertise and musicianship on his keyboards. His friendship and loving support of Starpoint will never be forgotten!
Keep On It: Mini Moog,Acoustic Piano,Fender Rhodes,Prophet 5 co-wrote: "Starpoit's Here Tonight"
It's So Delicious: Prophet 5,Mini Moog
Wayne "Ziggy" Linsey
Fender Rhodes,Prophet 5,Clavinet
After recording two albums touring the south a bit in '80 and '81, Starpoint was ready to record again. They hooked up with Wayne Linsey in '82, while looking for a new keyboard player and recorded Starpoint's third album release, All Night Long!. Starpoint had long left Crownsville,Maryland and for a short while the home base was in Baltimore, Maryland. Meetings were held at George's house in Towson, while rehearsals were at a house near Edmondson Village on Edmondson Ave (Rt. 40), where Orlando and Greg lived. Ernesto once again had found a superb,talented and unique young keyboard player for Starpoint! Wayne Linsey had fire and was very aggressive with his attitude toward new and fresh music. He had a special ear for musical chords, melodic lines and rhythmic ideas. Starpoint was specially impressed with how he played the clavinet. Wayne's approach was something that Starpoint had never heard before. Wayne would make "under the breath"sounds with his mouth when playing the clavinet and other keyboards that acquired his nick name "Ziggy". The funky music that was created was largely influenced by Wayne's clavinet work! You can hear him clearly on the bridge of the song "Get Your Body Up" Wayne "Ziggy" Linsey took Starpoint through a path of creativity that no one else could. The relationships, musical and personal that were created with Wayne Lindsey and Starpoint have been and will always be in existence forever!
All Night Long: Fender Rhodes,Prophet 5,Clavinet
Rhythm and Lead Guitar
David Glaser, pictured here standing behind Ernesto Phillips, played with Starpoint during live performances on the major part of the "Restless" Tour. David was introduced to the band by Greg Phillips. Greg met David at a bar called "Charlie's Westside" in Annapolis. Md. In the year 1983 Greg had just moved back to the Annapolis area from Baltimore and was interested in playing with other musicians in the rock genre. Greg went to "Charlie's" and David's band, "Telluride", was performing there. Greg sat in with "Telluride" and David was very pleased with Greg's performance. They stayed in touch with each other and later began working in several bands together. When Ernesto, as band leader, was interested in adding another guitar player, Greg immediately thought of David Glaser and recommended him. Greg new that David had the talent to play anything. Starpoint had a rehearsal with David and he learned all of Starpoint's material for the live show, flawlessly. He had to learn some of Ernesto's rhythm guitar parts note for note, which you can here clearly on the song, "It's All Yours", track 2 on the Starpoint "Live" CD! David also learned and executed some of the dance steps and choreography , while playing those intricate guitar parts! David played great on the "Restless" Tour and was a good companion on the road. Greg and David continue to work together today, playing in the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis area. Starpoint is glad to have had the pleasure in meeting David Glaser and touring with him on a most memorable tour!
Starpoint Live: Rhythm Guitar (on tracks 1,2,8) Rhythm and Second Lead Guitar (on track 10)
Starpoint would like to give special thanks to:
Keith Rowe - keyboards on the Starpoint "Live" CD (tracks 6,7)
C.J. - keyboards on the Starpoint "Live" CD (tracks 6,7)
and all additional musicians not mentioned!