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Move Your Body

  

 
Marshall Jefferson is one of the architects of the house that Jack built.  The postal worker-turned-producer churned out some of house's earliest recognized classics in "Move Your Body" (internationally known as the house music anthem) and "Let's Get Busy."  He also played an undefined role in getting Phuture into the studio to record their seminal "Acid Trax."

But his greatest success came with Ten City, the Chicago trio that is regarded as house's greatest group.  With Jefferson handling production duties, they took house to its commercial apex with "That's the Way Love Is," which charted one slot from the top 10.   The entire Foundation LP was hailed as the highpoint of Chicago house, the album that proved the music could sustain its impact over an entire album.

After acid house took over the entire Chicago scene, robbing the music of its vitality, he responded with "Open Our Eyes," a contemplative track released in 1988.  This record, along with efforts from Larry Heard, introduced deep house as an alternative to fever-paced dance tracks.

For much of the 90s, Jefferson was laying low, accepting DJ gigs but not doing much studio work.  He broke the silence with Day of the Onion, signaling a return to an active recording schedule.

Marshall Jefferson's Deepest Grooves

"Move Your Body" (Trax, 1986)

"Open Our Eyes" (Big Beat, 1988)

Day of the Onion (EFA, 1997)

Past Classics (Fierce, 1998)

Welcome to the World Of Marshall Jefferson (MN2S, 2001)

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