Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Section (Leland Sklar, Craig Doerge, Danny Kortchmar, Russell Kunkel) ❏

June 2013 Update: you may read the April, 2013 David Browne piece on The Section, “The Section: Knights of Soft Rock” at the following Rolling Stone link.

April 2013 update: The Section post has been deconstructed into individual posts so as to take advantage of Blogger’s newest features. You may now find the Danny Kortchmar and Craig Doerge posts by clicking the following links:

Danny Kortchmar
Craig Doerge

You may listen to four 1973 streaming live recordings by The Section in concert via the Wolfgang’s Vault website. Click → here and you will be redirected to the related page.

For the Nicolette Larson Tribute post the link is → here.

The Section - The Section
Warner Bros. BS-2661 (1972) - US LP

Side One

1 - Second° (AKA: Second Degree)*
2 - Same Old Same Old*
3 - Sporadic Vacuums Of Thought*
4 - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay*
5 - Holy Frijoles*

Side Two

6 - Doing The Meatball*
7 - Swan Song*
8 - Thing What Is*
9 - Mah-Hoo-Dah-Vah*
10 - Zippo Dippo*

Notes: 1) Initial US pressings included an outer insert with presentation of group and bio (see pictures below). 2) Second US pressing included a Rick Griffin poster.

Leland Sklar - Bass (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)*
Russ Kunkel - Drums, Percussion
Danny Kortchmar - Guitar
Craig Doerge (say Durgee) - Keyboards
Michael Brecker - Soprano, Tenor, Flute

Produced by The Section and Robert Appère

Robert Appère - Recording Engineer

Recording Studio:
Clover Recorders

Gary Burden - Art Direction, Design (for R. Twerk)
Tom Kelley - Photography
Rick Griffin - Poster Drawing

“Special Thanks to Michael Brecker (Soprano, Tenor and Flute)”.

“Pies baked by Annette Burden”.

“Special Thanks to Peter Asher Management Inc.”.

“Respectfully dedicated to rhythm sections everywhere”.

Craig Doerge
Daniel Kortchmar
Russell Kunkel
Leland Sklar
Steve Cropper
Otis Redding

“The Section” - US LP - outer insert - complete layout

“The Section” - US LP - outer insert - part 1

“The Section” - US LP - outer insert - part 2

“The Section” - US LP - outer insert - part 3

source/pics: my records

The Section - Forward Motion
Warner Bros. BS-2714 (1973) - US LP

Side One

1 - Smilin’ Ed*
2 - El Mirador Bolero*
3 - A Kind Of Albatross*

4 - One Drum
5 - Bullet Train*

Side Two

6 - Forward Motion*
7 - Baby Lamé*
8 - Get Down, Piltdown*
9 - The Garden Of Ryoanji*
10 - Burning Bush*

Note: According to web sources, just like with previous eponymous LP, album was originally released with an outer bio insert. This time, text was different. Below I have included a transcript taken from a picture of said insert I found on the web (in this case, not first-hand data…). The band that Lee belonged to mentioned in the text is rock group Wolfgang. Please check back for update with actual item once acquired.

Leland Sklar - Bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)*
Russ Kunkel - Drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10), Percussion, Acoustic Guitar (9), Marimba (9)
Danny Kortchmar - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (9)
Craig Doerge - Pianos, Moog, Organ
Sergio and Lee Pastora - Percussion (1)

Produced by The Section and Robert Appère

Robert Appère - Recording Engineer
Bobby Bernstein - Recording Assistant

Recording Studio:
Clover Recording Studio in Los Angeles, California (between April and May of 1973)

Bernie Grundman - Mastering Engineer

Ed Caraeff - Front Cover Photography
Russ Kunkel - Back Cover Photography
Leah Kunkel - Back Cover Photography
Abigale Haness - Back Cover Photography
Joel - Back Cover Photography
Cal Schenkel - Album Design

““Get Down, Piltdown” is a bass solo by Leland Sklar”.

Original Bio Insert Transcript

“ “A lot of people think the Section is a studio band - that is, we back people up as the Section. This has never been true. Rarely do the four of us perform together for anyone else.” // In and Out of Lifetimes // Danny Kortchmar, guitarist, is perhaps the most experienced of the four. Paul Rothchild enticed him to LA several years ago to add spark to the fast-fading Clear Light. After that band’s electricity failed, he turned his talents to the studio trade, until Carole King offered him a job touring with her on her first, fateful tour. Afterwards Danny and two of the band members formed Jo Mama and subsequently toured with James Taylor, opening each concert, then backing the famous Taylor during his set. Danny’s appeared on every Warner Bros. James Taylor album, Carole’s “Tapestry” and, of course, many others. Taylor’s last back-up band just happened to be a group of studio musicians who all knew each other and James too, and decided to stay together and become the Section. // Painting in Bass // Lee Sklar had first met James Taylor when James was unknown, hawking his songs where he could. Lee was in a band, one of the members of which knew James previously. Lee is LA all the way - born here, laid back, very hairy, schooled at San Fernando Valley State in art and music. He once brought his band into one of his painting classes, and the rest of the class were to portray them in watercolors. Lee’s bass has a lot of red-brown, oaken flavor, with splashes of blue and green. If you want to be killed colorfully with bass playing, listen to Lee. // Natural Fall // Russ Kunkel is soft spoken. Born in Pennsylvania, moved to LA when he was 10. Played a lot of garage bands and one popular club band that got it together for several years in Hollywood. Started doing demo sessions at $15 a song or $25 a session. “Playing the studios brings you into contact with a lot of people over the years. After a while the Section just naturally fell together.” There are those in the know who are willing to praise Kunkel’s drumming outrageously. And all those out of the know, and just familiar with the Section’s music, would be willing to comply. // Cartoon Keyboards // Craig Doerge was born in Cleveland. Schooled at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct. Played in a college band. Moved to LA and just hung out - driving trucks, selling pianos. Got his first break at Quantum Recorders in Torrance playing keyboards on cartoon sessions. “Jim Keltner and some others were in that band. It was a hell of a cartoon band. I did some cartoon work not more than a year ago, as a matter of fact. I just heard us the other day on the Fat Albert cartoon show.” Craig is pursuing a solo career parallel to the Section (as is Danny - one album, “Kootch”, just released on WB) and is currently working on his own album. On this album Craig plays some synthesizer and Mellotron. Anything with keys he’ll play, and quite well. Craig is the fourth consummate musician in the Section.” ”.

Craig Doerge
Daniel Kortchmar
Russell Kunkel
Leland Sklar

source/pic: my records

The Section - Fork It Over
Capitol ST-11656 (1977) - US LP

Side One

1 - Suckers On Parade*
2 - L.A. Changes*
3 - Street Pizza*
4 - Hamsters Of Doom*
5 - Bad Shoes*

Side Two

6 - Moon Over Fontana*
7 - Rainbows*
8 - White Water*
9 - Magnetic Lady*

Leland Sklar - Bass (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)*, Vocal (5)*
Russ Kunkel - Drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), Field Drums (1), Vocal (5), Percussion (5, 8)
Danny Kortchmar - Guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), Field Drum (1), Acoustic Guitar (4), Vocal (5)
Craig Doerge - Oberheim Polyphonic (1, 2, 4, 6, 8), Rhodes Piano (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), Minimoog (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9), Organ (3), Vocal (5), Acoustic Piano (8)
Jim Horn - Tenor Sax (3), Alto Sax (3), Flute (7), Piccolo (7)
Chuck Findley - Trumpet (3)
David Sanborn - Alto Sax (8), Lyricon (8)
Steve Forman - Percussion (2, 4)
Joe Lala - Congas (7), Timbales (7), Percussion (7)
Judy Henske - Lyricist (5)
James Taylor - Vocals (5)
David Crosby - Vocals (9)

Produced by The Section

Matt Hyde - Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer
Rick Moody - Assistant Engineer
Skip Saylor - Assistant Engineer
Michael Boshears - Assistant Engineer

Recording Studios (during February, March and April 1977):
United Western Studios, Los Angeles
Sunset Sound Studios , Los Angeles

Wally Traugott - Mastering Engineer

Mastering Studio:
Capitol Records, Inc.

Roy Kohara - Art Direction
Dave Willardson & Star Studios - Illustration
Jim Shea - Photography

“A special thanks to Ian Underwood for his Oberheim knowledge.”.

“Special thanks to Rupert Perry and John Palladino. Thanks also to Robert Appère, Greg Fischbach, Phil Ames, Nick Ben-Meir, R&R Express”.

Craig Doerge
Daniel Kortchmar
Russell Kunkel
Judy Henske

source/pic: my records

The Section - Scrapbook


  1. Is it possible to download it somewhere?

    1. Hi. As of today, only downloadable Section album to my knowledge is "Forward Motion". It costs $9.49 to download it complete or $0.99 a track, on Thanks!