When looking at the great soul music geographies of the past quarter century, perhaps the most criminally overlooked is Ohio, the breeding ground for a generation of hot funk acts that came into their own in the 70s and early 80s, including the Ohio Players, Heatwave, Zapp, Lakeside, Midnight Star and Dayton. One of the premiere Ohio groups of this era was Slave. Formed in Dayton in 1975, Slave originally consisted of bass guitarist Mark Adams, trumpter Steve Washington, drummer Tim Dozier, guitarist Mark Hicks, sax players Orion Wilhoite and Tom Lockett, trombone player Floyd Miller, keyboardist Carter Bradley and vocalist Danny Webster.
The group signed with Cotillion Records for their self-titled debut album and immediately scored with the blazing funk track, “Slide,” which hit #1 on the Soul charts and earned Slave a Grammy nomination for best new artist.
-Chris Rizik at SoulTracks
(Also, RIP Slave bassist Mark Adams, who passed away this March, and guitarist Mark Hicks, who passed away in June.