Roland Brown along with such notables as Tom Washington and John Whitfield formed The Merchants band in 1960. Tom Washington, arranger and recipient of multiple Gold Records and Grammy awards and who has provided technical assistance on this CD, has gone on to national acclaim. John Whitfield, bassist extraordinaire, along with many other talented musicians through the years, has also contributed ot the band's rich legacy. Noteworthy are the contributions of composer/arranger and former band member John Meggs, whose arrangements on this CD include: 'Relaxin, Life of Love and To His Majesty'. Joint Venture is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Roland Brown and Jess Williams, band member and founder of Soundmine Studios and Open Mind Records.