Dance Children Dance (Maranatha MM0049A) 1979




Leon Patillo - Dance (Fnt)





I’m not much of a concert goer but I did manage to catch this guy once. I was on my feet for his entire set and my hands were raw from clapping. Patillo is a keyboardist and singer who had previously spent time in the groups Creation and Santana. His debut solo lp is pretty much tops for black contemporary r&b/pop/ccm/jazz with that essential dance beat ingredient. Not quite as engaging as secular r&b, but gets fairly close on ‘Dance Children Dance’, ‘High On You’, ‘These Signs’ and ‘Born Again’ – all respectable funky groove-endowed workouts capable of lifting you off your duff to bust a few moves. ‘Temple To The Sky’ is decent mellow pop with a Lou Rawls flair, while ‘Trinity’ succeeds as a melodic jazz-fusion instrumental. Also some standard ccm. Piano, organ, synthesizer and melodica are some of the keyboards I detect in here. Fascinating cover painting inspired by Revelation 4 and 5. Patillo continued to release a number of additional albums on into the ‘80s. Smooth but irresistible. See also Hosanna USA. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).








Thank you Donald for the larger front cover photo.




Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Dance Children Dance3:26
1-2High On You3:21
1-3These Sign3:26
1-4Born Again2:59
2-1Temple To The Sky3:57
2-3He Is Comin’4:25



Can be purchased here along with Leon’s other works.