Thursday, July 30, 2015

Vital Information - 1984 [2005] Orion

Again, a noticeable departure from his work as the timekeeper in Journey, Steve Smith's Vital Information project is straight-ahead, no-frills fusion from the '80s. Orion pretty much stays within the formula that made Vital Information's debut album so catchy and accessible: slick production and smooth musicianship atop a sheer layer of gloss for sonic measure. Smith holds it down in the background while the band plays through melodies that wouldn't be out of place on records à la their contemporaries. Not the band's strongest effort, but definitely not their weakest either. 

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Future Primitive ( 6:57 )
2. Thank You Mr. Edison ( 4:58 )
3. The Strut ( 5:51 )
4. Orion ( 3:51 )
5. Blade ( 5:14 )
6. The Adventures Of Hector & Jose ( 7:31 )
7. Shadows Past ( 5:45 )
8. Blues To Bappe II ( 5:50 )

Total Time : 45:57

Line-up / Musicians

Dean Brown / electric & acoustic guitars, synthesizer guitar, piano on Orion
Eef Albers / guitar on Orion, guitar solos on Future Primitive & Thank You Mr Edison
Steve Smith / drums, piano, percussion
Dave Wilczewski / tenor, alto & soprano saxophones
Tim Landers / bass, tenor bass Taurus bass pedals

CD Wounded Bird WOU 9375 (2005)

Various Artist - 2005 Drum Nation Vol. 2

Not an album for the regular "foot tapper", Drum Nation is some very good progressive rock/jazz, with some incredible drumming, as well as guitar, keyboards and bass.

Tracklist / Personnel:

1 –Mike Portnoy, Andy West Meetings (From Album "Rama 1")
Bass – Andy WestDrums – Mike PortnoyGuitar – Mike KeneallyKeyboards – Jens JohanssonSynth – Jens Johansson 5:55
2 –Pat Mastelotto Toccata (From Album, "Encore, Legends And Paradox")
Bass – Wayne GardnerDrum – Pat MastelottoElectronic Drums – Pat MastelottoKeyboards – Trent GardnerLead Guitar – Peter BanksPercussion – Pat MastelottoRhythm Guitar – Peter BanksSynth – Matt Guillory 8:04
3 –Dennis Chambers With Niacin One Less Worry (From Album "Niacin Live Blood Sweat And Beers")
Bass – Billy SheehanDrums – Dennis ChambersKeyboards – John Novello 7:28
4 –Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan The Last Page (From Album "Nine Short Films")
Baritone Guitar – Billy SheehanBass – Billy SheehanDrums – Terry BozzioGuitar Synthesizer – Terry BozzioKeyboards – Terry BozzioLyrics By – Terry BozzioPercussion – Terry BozzioVocals – Terry Bozzio 8:25
5 –Clyde Stubblefield With Clinton Administration, The Cosmic Slop (From Album "One Nation Under A Re-Groove")
Bass – Melvin GibbsDrums – Clyde StubblefieldGuitar – Phil UpchurchKeyboards – Robert WalterPercussion – Chuck PradaSaxophone – SkerikTurntables – DJ Logic 4:57
6 –Virgil Donati, Derek Sherinian Space Martini (From Album "Planet X")
Bass – Tony FranklinDrums – Virgil DonatiGuitar – Brett GarsedKeyboards – Derek Sherinian 3:47
7 –Tim Alexander With Attention Deficit My Fellow Astronauts (From Album "The Idiot King")
Bass – Michael ManringDrums – Tim AlexanderGuitar – Alex Skolnick, Tim Alexander 4:04
8 –Keith Carlock With Oz Noy Steroids (From Album "Oz Live")
Bass – James GenusDrums – Keith CarlockGuitar – Oz Noy 4:52
9 –Rod Morgenstein With Andy West Herd Instinct (From Album "Rama 1")
Bass – Andy WestDrums – Rod MorgensteinGuitar – Mike Keneally 4:36
10 –Simon Phillips The Barbarian (From Album, "Encore, Legends And Paradox")
Bass – Robert BerryDrums – Simon PhillipsGuitar – Robert BerryKeyboards – Igor Khoroshev 4:40
11 –Josh Freese With Stripsearch Baby-Faced Assassin (From Album "Stripsearch")
Bass – Mike ElizondoDrums – Josh FreeseGuitar – Michael WardSaxophone – Jason Freese 9:54
12 –Anton Fig With Oz Noy Cissy Strut (From Album "Oz Live")
Bass – Will LeeDrums – Anton FigGuitar – Oz Noy 4:06
13 –Stanton Moore With Clinton Administration, The Family Affair (From Album "Take You Higher")
Alto Saxophone – Cochemea "Cheme" Gastelum*Bass – Kai EckhardtBass Clarinet – Cochemea "Cheme" Gastelum*Drums – Stanton MooreEffects – Cochemea "Cheme" Gastelum*Flute – Cochemea "Cheme" Gastelum*Organ – Robert WalterPercussion – Chuck PradaPiano – Eric LevyRhythm Guitar – Charlie Hitchcock, Fareed Haque, Michael Lee FirkinsSlide Guitar – Michael Lee FirkinsSoloist – Michael Lee Firkins 7:05

Various Artist - 2004 Drum Nation Vol. 1

When the people at Modern Drummer magazine conceived the idea of an album highlighting some of the most innovative drummers on the scene today, they probably didn't realize they would also be making a statement applicable to all instruments: that there are some people who are players of their instruments, and then there are musicians —artists who transcend the boundaries of their instrument, rise above the egotistical concerns of demonstrating just how good they are and ambitiously aim, instead, to create compelling musical statements. Modern Drummer Presents Drum Nation Volume One has its share of both, but, happily, the tendency leans towards artists whose interests lie beyond merely the potential of their chosen instrument.
Take Bill Bruford's reading of "Beelzebub," an interesting choice because it finds Bruford's recent all-acoustic Earthworks ensemble tackling the first track from his first solo album, Feels Good to Me ('78), a more electric fusion affair that included guitarist Allan Holdsworth. With his current group of pianist Steve Hamilton, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Tim Garland and acoustic bassist Mark Hodgson, Bruford proves that good material transcends context and instrumentation. While Bruford's mathematically-precise drumming still drives this complicated little piece, he has loosened up over the years. And Garland's bass clarinet and soprano saxophone bring a different complexion to the tune, making it every bit as relevant as the original.
Chad Wackerman uses his space to continue documenting his most recent band of Australians, including vibraphonist Daryl Pratt, bassist Leon Gaer and, in particular, young guitarist James Muller, who continues to be one of the most inventive players you've never heard. "The Spell" is a clever and more cerebral kind of fusion that should make listeners want to dash out to check out Scream ('00) and the more recent Legs Eleven ('03), both featuring this fine group.
Stanton Moore, of Galactic fame, continues to mine the wealth of New Orleans rhythms, this time augmenting his organ-guitar-bass-baritone quintet with a six-piece horn section to give "Sprung Monkey" an authentic New Orleans street vibe. Steve Smith, teamed with tabla master Zakir Hussain, delivers the eleven-minute opus "Mad Tea Time," which successfully traverses the boundary between East and West, climaxing with a thrilling series of trade-offs between drums and tablas. And British legend Simon Phillips delivers a pedal-to-the-metal piece of high octane fusion with "Manganese," featuring not only his fine drumming, but also guitarist Andy Timmons, a player we ought to be hearing more from.
While the rest of the tracks successfully demonstrate the innovative minds of its creators—most notably Terry Bozzio's "A Glimpse into a Deeply Disturbed Mind," which turns techno on its ear by having live drums trigger and work off sampled sounds instead of sampled sounds working off programmed drum rhythms—the album really does separate the men from the boys when it comes to true artists versus players. Still, Modern Drummer Presents Drum Nation Volume One is a captivating look into the instrument's potential, highlighting several artists who are certainly worthy of more than a second look.

Track Listing:

A Glimpse into a Deeply Disturbed Mind; Beelzebub; Mad Tea Time Part 1; Mad Tea Time Part 2; The Spell; Sprung Monkey; Manganese; Lagerborg; Faceless Pastiche; Shut Up and Play Yer Drums; Wandering Portland Maine; Pull Up My Sleeve


On "A Glimpse into a Deeply Disturbed Mind": Terry Bozzio (drums, keyboards, voice, reason, and Ableton "live" sequencing software)
On "Beelzebub": Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Bill Bruford (drums), Tim Garland (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone), Steve Hamilton (piano), Mark Hodgson (acoustic bass)
On "Mad Tea Time Parts 1 and 2": Steve Smith (drums), Zakir Hussain (tablas), George Brooks (tenor sax and tamboura), Fareed Haque (sitar guitar), Kai Eckhardt (bass)
On "The Spell": Chad Wackerman (drums), Daryl Pratt (vibes), James Muller (guitar), Leon Gaer (bass)
on "Sprung Monkey": Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Jeff Raines (guitar), Rich Vogel (Hammond B-3), Ben Ellman (baritone sax), with the L'il Rascals Brass Band Horns: Dewen Scott (trumpet), Jeffery Hills (tuba), Glen David Andrews (trombone), Corey Henry (trombone), Mervin Campbell (trumpet), Vincent Broussard (saxophone)
On "Manganese": Simon Phillips (drums), Jeff Babko (keyboards), Jimmy Johnson (bass), Andy Timmons (guitar)
On "Lagerborg": Josh Freese (drums)
On "Faceless Pastiche": Rod Morgenstern (drums, percussion), Jordan Rudess (keyboards)
On "Shut Up and Play Yer Drums": Tim Alexander (drums, percussion), Brain (drums, percussion)
On "Wandering Portland Maine": Marco Minnemann (drums, percussion)
On "Pull Up My Sleeve": Stephen Perkins (drums), Brooks Wackerman (drums)

Herbie Hancock - 1974 [1998] Thrust

Thrust is a jazz-funk album by Herbie Hancock, released in September 6, 1974 on Columbia Records. It served as a follow-up to Hancock's album, Head Hunters (1973), and achieved similar commercial success, as the album reached as high as number 13 on the Billboard Hot 200 listing. The lineup for Thrust is the same as on Head Hunters, except Mike Clark replaced Harvey Mason on drums. This is Hancock's thirteenth album overall.
The composition "Actual Proof" was originally written for the film The Spook Who Sat By the Door, and Hancock has used it as a demonstration of his style of playing the Fender Rhodes piano.[3]
The composition "Butterfly" would subsequently be performed on the live album, Flood, and two more studio releases: Direct Step and Dis Is Da Drum. Butterfly is the opening track on Eddie Henderson's album Mahal (1978); the album features Hancock on keyboards

Track listing:

"Palm Grease" – 10:38
"Actual Proof" – 9:42
"Butterfly" (Hancock, Bennie Maupin) – 11:17
"Spank-A-Lee" (Hancock, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson) – 7:12


Herbie Hancock – Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hohner D-6 Clavinet, ARP Odyssey, ARP Soloist, ARP 2600, ARP String Ensemble
Bennie Maupin – soprano and tenor saxophones, saxello, bass clarinet, alto flute
Paul Jackson – electric bass
Mike Clark – drums
Bill Summers - percussion

Jaco Pastorius - 1981 Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth was the second album by Jaco Pastorius, released in 1981 while the bassist was a member of Weather Report, and also the name of a big band group that Pastorius assembled and with whom he toured from 1981 to 1983. While his debut album showcased his eclectic and impressive skills on the electric bass, Word of Mouth focused more on his ability to compose and arrange for a larger band than was previously featured on his first album. The album still shows off Pastorius' skill, most notably in the solo opening to the Bach-written "Chromatic Fantasy" and the title track, "Word of Mouth," in which Pastorius' bass is drenched in fuzzy distortion. "Crisis" also features a fast bass pattern looping, which runs under the frantic soloing. Most of the rest of the album's bass is highly subdued and blends into the band's arrangement, allowing them to shine through. The song "John and Mary" is dedicated to Jaco's children from his first marriage to Tracy; he had two other children, twin sons Julius and Felix with his second wife, Ingrid.
The band's all-star cast included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Don Alias and Toots Thielemans who is featured on harmonica on many of the songs. Early pressings of the album did not include a list of musicians, though later releases listed only the names of the performers in respective, unnamed groups (for example, the main band was the first block of names.) The reason that early pressings of the album had no personnel listed was because Epic/CBS disputed Pastorius' contract with Warner, and only agreed to the album being released if no other CBS artists on the album were credited - prompting Pastorius to dispense with the credits altogether.

Track listing

All tracks written by Jaco Pastorius except where noted.

"Crisis" – 5:21*
"Three Views of a Secret" – 6:05
"Liberty City" – 11:57
"Chromatic Fantasy" (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 3:01
"Blackbird" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:48
"Word of Mouth" – 3:53**
"John and Mary" – 10:52

For the original LP, Cassette and CD release, "Crisis" was 5:21. However, for reasons that are unclear, the current MP3 downloads cut the first three seconds of the improvisation. The 1981 Warner Brothers promo disc has the 5:17 listing for "Crisis."


Herbie Hancock: Keyboards, Synthesizers, Piano
Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Tom Scott: Saxophone
Toots Thielemans: Harmonica
Chuck Findley: Trumpet
John Clark: French horn
Howard Johnson: Tuba
Don Alias, Robert Thomas Jr.: : Percussion
Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette: Drums
Jaco Pastorius: Electric bass, acoustic bass, organ, piano, synthesizers, autoharp, percussion, vocals, drums on "Word Of Mouth"
Paul Horn-Muller: Steel pans
Othello Molineaux: Steel pan
John F. Pastorius IV: vocal on "John and Mary"
Michael Gibbs: Hanging out

Dave Weckl - 1998 Rhythm Of The Soul

Toss into the musical blender the spirits of Stevie Wonder, Crusaders, Van Halen, Sting, Dr. John, and Chick Corea; turn on the fire, low for easy simmering blues-rock at times, high for a fiery intensity that busts the borders between R&B and fusion. The result: the Dave Weckl Band's hard-to-categorize adventure, Rhythm of the Soul. Here, he celebrates his liberation from Corea's Elektric fold with a vengeance. The ensemble ventures into a variety of decades: the 70s, with Steve Tavaglione blowing percussive sax over Buzz Feiten's wah-wah over Jay Oliver's Fender Rhodes Crusaders feel; to the 60s, where, on "101 Shuffle," Weckl and Tom Kennedy lay a throbbing foundation based on Booker T's "Green Onions" for the playful interaction of saxman Bob Malach and Feiten; and even the 80s, where Gambale does his best Eddie Van Halen power guitar to drive the rockin' blues of "Access Denied." Weckl's skin and high-hat energy jumps out at every turn, most notably on the jams but also on the more subtly rhythmic "Mud Sauce" and the dreamy ballad "Song for Claire." Those tunes are the cool oases in the midst of the piping gumbo.


1 The Zone
2 101 Shuffle
3 Mud Sauce
4 Designer Stubble
5 Someone's Watching
6 Transition Jam
7 Rhythm Dance
8 Access Denied
9 Song For Claire
10 Big B Little B
11 Good Night


Dave Weckl - drums
Jay Oliver - keyboards
Buzz Feiten - guitar
Also: Bob Malach, Steve Tavaglione, Tom Kennedy, Frank Gambale

Tribal Tech - 1991 Tribal Tech

Guitarist Scott Henderson is a fusion fanatic's dream, by virtue of his wild yet fluid and even melodic riffs. Bassist Gary Willis lacks Henderson's range compositionally and as a player, but still manages to keep the proceedings grooving. Backed by the keys of David Goldblatt, Joey Heredia's drums and the percussion of Brad Dutz, the two form a powerful musical bond as Tribal Tech. Unlike their previous album, TT's new disc features more melodies (the best ones, "Peru" and "Signal Path" are by Henderson), the softening effect of Goldblatt's key soloing and a tighter tune structure and production all around. There's still lots and lots of improvising, but on the less memorable Willis tunes, it seems to go on interminably. Pop jazz fans will finally be able to relate to Henderson's solid playing by virtue of a smoother context, but it's still mostly geared for the guitar lover or student. Extra credit is due for the very creative song titles, including "Elvis at the Hop" and "The Necessary Blond." 

Track listing

"Signal Path" (Scott Henderson) – 6:26
"Big Girl Blues" (Scott Henderson) – 6:15
"Dense Dance"(Gary Willis, Scott Willis) – 4:51
"Got Tuh B"(Gary Willis, Scott Willis) – 6:43
"Peru" (Scott Henderson) – 7:23
"Elvis At The Hop" (Scott Henderson) – 4:34
"The Necessary Blonde" (Gary Willis, Scott Willis) – 6:52
"Fight The Giant" (David Goldblatt) – 4:05
"Sub Aqua" (Scott Henderson) – 5:30
"Formula One" (Scott Henderson) – 4:44
"Wasteland" (Gary Willis) – 8:03


Scott Henderson - guitar, guitar synthesizer
Gary Willis - bass, synthesizers
David Goldblatt - keyboards
Joey Heredia - drums
Brad Dutz - percussion

Jaco Pastorius - 2003 Word Of Mouth Revisited

It may be surprising to learn that legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius had deep roots in the big band tradition. His father Jack was a big band singer and drummer in the late '40s and early '50s, and in Jaco's early twenties he played for five years with the Peter Graves Orchestra, a progressive big band located in Ft. Lauderdale. Graves' orchestra gave Pastorius valuable experience writing and arranging – and provided a supportive environment for his blossoming genius.
Then in 1975 Pastorius left the band and released his self-titled debut album, which propelled him into the spotlight. His subsequent work with Weather Report, Pat Metheny, and Joni Mitchell continued his phenomenal rise. He still gigged with Graves whenever he was in Florida, and when he left Weather Report in 1982 he formed his big band Word of Mouth, hiring Graves and other members of his orchestra.
Twenty years later, Graves has returned the favor by forming the Jaco Pastorius Big Band and releasing Word of Mouth Revisited. Although this is clearly a personal project for Graves, his aims are broad: he wants to continue Pastorius' legacy (the bassist died in 1987) by presenting his songs and arrangements in a fresh setting, as well as showcase some of jazz's best electric bassists. Actually it's a heartfelt project for everyone involved; many of the musicians played with Pastorius, all of the bassists are indebted to him, and there's even fine bass work by Pastorius' nephew David. And to help involve the listener, the CD has soundbites of Pastorius conducting, giving a taste of the personality behind the talent.
All this plus fine musicianship yields an excellent collection that celebrates and explores Pastorius' prodigious gifts. There are early songs such as "Punk Jazz," "Cha Cha," "Opus Pocus," and "Domingo," as well as Weather Report favorites "Havona," "Teen Town," and "Barbary Coast." Pastorius even plays on the CD; Herbie Hancock's "Wiggle Waggle" features a Pastorius bass line lifted from a late '70s gig, supplemented by enthusiastic studio work. The bassists appearing on the recording are the cream of the crop: Victor Bailey, Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Gerald Veasley and Victor Wooten. Also notable are the enthusiastic and disciplined brass and woodwind sections.
Throughout the disc, the musicians give life to Pastorius' melodic grooves and uplifting rhythms, as compelling today as when they first appeared. The new technology and new voices bring Pastorius' work into the 21st century, where the seeds planted decades ago will surely continue to sprout.

Track Listing:

 1. Jaco Speaks 2. Havona 3. Teen Town 4. Jaco Speaks 5. Punk Jazz 6. Jaco Speaks 7. Barbary Coast 8. Killing Me Softly 9. Jaco Speaks 10. (Used to Be A) Cha Cha 11. Wiggle Waggle 12. Jaco Speaks 13. Continuum 14. Jaco Speaks 15. Elegant People 16. Opus Pocus 17. Peter & Jaco Speak 18. Domingo 19. Forgotten Love 20. Jaco Speaks 21. Punk Jazz Revisited


Victor Bailey - bass; Jaco Pastorius - bass; Randy Bernsen - guitar, koto; Peter Graves - conductor; Jimmy Haslip - bass; Gerald Veasley - bass; Joe Zawinul - keyboards; Michael Brignola - flute, bass clarinet, baritone sax, woodwinds; Ed Calle - clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax, woodwinds; Kenneth Faulk - trumpet, flugelhorn, brass; Michael Levine - synthesizer, piano, keyboards; Christian McBride - bass; Marcus Miller - bass; Billy Ross - flute, piccolo, alto sax, soprano sax, woodwinds; Dana Teboe - trombone, brass; Victor Wooten - bass; John Kricker - bass trombone, brass; Mike Scaglione - flute, tenor sax; Jason Carder - trumpet, flugelhorn; Jeff Carswell - bass; Mark Griffith - drums; Gary Keller - clarinet, flute, alto sax, tenor sax; Gary Mayone - marimba; Michael "Patches" Stewart - trumpet; Jeff Kievit - trumpet, flugelhorn; Bobby Thomas, Jr. - hand drums; Richard Bona - bass; Roger Byman - soprano sax; Dave Pastorius - bass.

Tommy Bolin - 2012 The Definitve Teaser Collectors Edition [5 CD Box]

Guitarist Tommy Bolin elevated the role of journeyman to a high art. After leaving his home in Colorado, where he played with Energy and Zephyr, he worked with fusion drummers Billy Cobham and Alphonse Mouzon, joined a post-Joe Walsh James Gang, and went on to Deep Purple when Richie Blackmore left the group. All of this occurred before and during a solo career, which began with Teaser, a remastered, expanded version that confirms Bolin's versatility as guitarist, songwriter and singer. The original nine tracks resound with musicianship consisting of a varying lineup of sidemen including: Mahavishnu Orchestra keyboardistJan Hammer,Genesis drummer Phil Collins, and saxophonist David Sanborn. Tracks such as "Wild Dogs" and "Homeward Strut" show Bolin could lead a band in more ways than one.
The explosive funk-driven opening that is "The Grind" suggests Bolin's intelligent facility with a song, while the quiet likes of "Savannah Woman" reaffirms that songwriting skill— not to mention his natural instincts as a vocalist. The structure of the title song extends to the largely improvisational likes of the six unreleased numbers on two other discs of outtakes and alternate versions from the original sessions. They suggest the source of the continuing resonance of this album some forty years after its initial release and Bolin and co-producer/engineer Dennis McKay had plenty of ideas to work with as they used only those most effective.
Available on its own, as well as part of a box set with the expanded three-disc Teaser, a double-disc package titled Great Gypsy Soul furthers the concept of The Definitive Teaser Collector's Edition. One disc, co- produced by Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, finds such luminaries as guitarists Peter Frampton and John Scofield adding their readily identifiable styles to tracks from the original sessions, while the second disc is largely comprised of an original extended piece inspired by Bolin's instrumental "Marching Powder." Four movements include Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Haynes, not to mention guitarist Derek Trucks, flashing his inimitable power, the sum effect of which is a focused, inspired music not just reminiscent of the album from which it is derived, but of a piece with it.
Other titles of Bolin remain available from his own archives, not to mention a second solo album Private Eyes (Columbia, 1976) and a two-CD version of his sole Deep Purple studio work Come Taste the Band (EMI, 2010). But, if the late lamented musician could choose a work by which to be remembered best, odds are in the favor of Teaser, and this package, notwithstanding its less than exemplary graphics design, documents why.
Track Listing:

CD1: Teaser Remastered: The Grind; Homeward Strut; Dreamer; Savannah Woman; Teaser; People, People; Marching Powder; Wild Dogs; Lotus.

CD2: Teaser Alternates and Outtakes: Teaser; Flying Fingers; Cookoo; Wild Dogs; Chameleon.

CD3: Teaser Alternates and Outtakes: Crazed Fandango; People, People; Smooth Fandango; Marching Powder; Homeward Strut; Oriental Sky (Lotus).

CD4: Great Gypsy Soul: The Grind; Dreamer; Savannah Woman; Smooth Fandango ; People People; Wild Dogs; Homeward Strut; Sugar Shack; Crazed Fandango; Lotus.

CD5: Great Gypsy Soul Bonus Disc: Flying Fingers; Marching Bag: Movements One through Four.


Tommy Bolin: guitar, vocals; Myles Kennedy: vocals; Glenn Hughes: vocals; Gordie Johnson: vocals, guitar; Peter Frampton: guitar; Derek Trucks: guitar; Warren Haynes: guitar; John Scofield: guitar; Gordie Johnson: guitar; Brad Whitford: guitar; Steve Lukather: guitar; Steve Morse: guitar; Nels Cline: guitar; Joe Bonamassa: guitar; Oz Noy: guitar; Sonny Landreth: guitar; David Sanborn: saxophone; David Foster: piano, synthesizer; Jan Hammer: synthesizer, drums; Ron Fransen: piano; Stanley Sheldon: bass; Paul Stallworth: bass; Terry Wilkins: bass; Al Cross; drums; Jeff Porcaro: drums; Prairie Prince: drums; Narada Michael Walden: drums; Bobby Berge: drums; Phil Collins: percussion; Sammy Figueroa: percussion; Rafael Cruz: percussion.

Tribal Tech - 1990 Nomad

Nomad is the third album by fusion band Tribal Tech, a project led by guitarist Scott Henderson and bassist Gary Willis.
Like its predecessors, Henderson's third date as a leader is a fine example of how creative and inspired genuine jazz-rock can be. Tough and aggressive yet full of appealing melodic and harmonic nuances, this CD contains not one iota of the type of lightweight smooth jazz or Muzak for which Henderson has often voiced his contempt. With Nomad, Tribal Tech underwent a few personnel changes, and for the first time, recorded an entire album minus a sax. While electric bassist Gary Willis, drummer Steve Houghton, and percussionist/mallet player Brad Dutz remained, saxman Bob Sheppard was gone, and keyboardist Pat Coil had been replaced by David Goldblatt. Despite these changes, Tribal Tech's sound (which was essentially guided by Henderson and Willis) remained easily recognizable. The '70s breakthroughs of Weather Report, Return to Forever, and John McLaughlin, among others, still had an impact on Tribal Tech, but by 1988, it was even more evident that Henderson was a fine soloist and composer in his own right. 

Track listing

"Renegade" (Gary Willis) – 5:51
"Nomad" (Scott Henderson) – 7:18
"Robot Immigrants" (Brad Dutz, David Goldblatt) – 5:09
"Tunnel Vision" (Gary Willis) – 4:43
"Elegy For Shoe" (David Goldblatt) – 4:09
"Bofat" (Scott Henderson) – 8:34
"No No No" (Gary Willis) – 5:53
"Self Defense" (Gary Willis) – 5:00
"Rituals" (Scott Henderson) – 5:44


Scott Henderson - Guitars
Gary Willis - Bass
Brad Dutz - Mallets & Keyboards
David Goldblatt - Keyboards
Steve Houghton - Drums

Vital Tech Tones - 2000 VTT2

Talk about a power trio! Emphasizing the ROCK half of jazz-rock fusion, Vital Tech Tones brings together three monster players of the genre, blends their creative juices and virtuosic abilities, and creates a truly vital sound that reinvigorates and re-establishes fusion as a viable part of the musical landscape. Most of the songs on this recording started with drummer Steve Smith giving his rhythmic ideas to bassist-extraordinaire Victor Wooten, who developed a groove over which guitarist Scott Henderson worked melodies and harmonies. Such a simple, straight-forward, jam-oriented process is risky, but these three have the goods to pull it off, in the process creating a fresh electric music unique for its time.
Although VTT has been a studio-only side project for these three, they interact here as though they've been on the road together for several years. It's loud, it's raw, and it's awesome -- just what aging baby boomers need to cure their smooth jazz blues, just what generation X-ers need to take them away from the tedious sameness of the alt-rock world.

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. VTT (1:33)
2. Subzero (7:06)
3. The Litigants (7:07)
4. Puhtainin' Tuh... (5:17)
5. Drums Stop, No Good (3:11)
6. Catch Me If U Can (4:24)
7. Nairobe Express (4:10)
8. Who Knew? (7:13)
9. Time Tunnel (4:41)
10. Chakmool-Ti (11:45)

Total Time 56:27


Steve Smith - drums
Scott Henderson - guitar
Victor Wooten - vocals, bass

Charlie Hunter Trio - 1995 Bing, Bing, Bing!

Bing, Bing, Bing!
Studio album by the Charlie Hunter Trio
Released 1995
Genre Post-bop, acid jazz, jazz rock
Label Blue Note Records

Bing, Bing, Bing! album by jazz musician Charlie Hunter. This was his first album for the Blue Note label and features his 8-string guitar.
The cover is a retro homage to Horace Parlan's 1960 album, Speakin' My Piece. The neon sign, 500 Club, is a landmark bar in San Francisco's Mission District, a few blocks away from the Elbo Room nightclub where the trio made a name for themselves (see Track 10).
Track listing
"Greasy Granny" – 4:34
"Wornell's Yorkies" – 3:58
"Fistful of Haggis" – 6:44
"Come as You Are" (Cobain) – 6:08
"Scrabbling for Purchase" – 4:49
"Bullethead" – 5:34
"Bing, Bing, Bing, Bing!" – 7:56
"Squiddlesticks" – 4:03
"Lazy Susan (with a client now)" – 6:15
"Elbo Room" – 5:58
Charlie Hunter - 8-string guitar
Dave Ellis - Tenor saxophone
Jay Lane - Drums
David Phillips - Pedal steel guitar on tracks 3 and 7
Ben Goldberg - Clarinet on tracks 5 and 9
Jeff Cressman - Trombone on tracks 5 and 9
Scott Roberts - Percussion on tracks 2 and 3

Monday, July 6, 2015

Steps - 1979 [1999] Smokin' In The Pit [NYC]

In 1979 Mike Mainieri formed Steps (which later became Steps Ahead), an all-star jazz oriented R&B band that originally included such players as Mike Brecker, Don Grolnick, Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd in its line-up.

Now Steps’ groundbreaking debut CD has been rereleased as a 2-CD set with three previously unreleased ‘bonus tracks’ and alternate takes which were just recently discovered in the musician’s personal tape collections.

Bass – Eddie Gomez
Drums – Steve Gadd
Guitar – Kazumi Watanabe
Piano – Don Grolnick
Tenor Saxophone – Mike Brecker*
Vibraphone – Mike Mainieri

Track listing:
Disc 1
1 Tee Bag
2 Uncle Bob (bonus track)
3 Fawlty Tenors
4 Lover Man
5 Fawlty Tenors (alternate take)
6 Song to Seth
7 Momento (bonus track)

Disc 2
1 Young and Fine
2 Not Ethiopia
3 Soul Eyes
4 Recordame (bonus track)
5 Not Ethiopia (alternate take)
6 Saras Touch


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Herbie Hancock V.S.O.P. The Quintet - 1977 Tempest In The Colosseum

Herbie Hancock V.S.O.P. The Quintet - 1977 Tempest In The Colosseum

Only five days after The Quintet concerts in California, V.S.O.P. was caught live again on tape in Tokyo's Den-En Colosseum for another Japanese CBS/Sony release. "Tempest" is a good description, for this CD contains more volatile ensemble playing than its Columbia predecessor; clearly some tighter bonding took place since the trans-Pacific flight. The notion that Freddie Hubbard is filling in for Miles Davis in a reunion of his old quintet does not have much relevance, for Hubbard is always his own man, in command of his reverberant tone quality and idiosyncratic flurries that owe very little to Miles. Only "Lawra" is duplicated from The Quintet, and there is the additional treat of hearing Hubbard's masterpiece "Red Clay" performed to a turn by this crack quintet.

Tempest in the Colosseum was recorded on July 23, 1977 in Tokyo's Den-En Colosseum. Musicians in this landmark performance were Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Tony Williams on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano saxophones. The recording was originally released in late 1977, as a Japan-only release issued on the Columbia label.


Ron Carter – bass
Herbie Hancock – keyboards, piano, synthesizer, vocals
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Tony Williams – drums

Track listing

1."Eye of the Hurricane" (Hancock) - 16:38
2."Diana" (Shorter) - 4:31
3."Eighty-One" (Carter) - 13:08
4."Maiden Voyage" (Hancock) - 11:55
5."Lawra" (Williams) - 8:23
6."Red Clay" (Hubbard) - 14:15


Herbie Hancock Trio - 1977 The Herbie Hancock Trio

Herbie Hancock Trio - 1977 The Herbie Hancock Trio

The first V.S.O.P. tour triggered a flood of recording activity in July 1977, but only a fraction of it was released in the U.S. This session, recorded in San Francisco just days before the Quintet concerts in Berkeley and San Diego, finds Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams mixing it up sans the horns -- and the results are more reflective and cerebral than the full Quintet concerts. Hancock is thoroughly in control of the agenda while Williams throws in those meter-fracturing flurries that keep everyone on their toes. There is a startling re-interpretation of "Speak Like a Child," which is significantly tougher and busier than the wistful Blue Note version, as well as challenging Hancock originals like "Watcha Waiting For" and "Watch It." This is uncompromising acoustic jazz, commercial anathema in the electronic '70s -- and thus, only Japan got to hear it.

Herbie Hancock Trio is an album by Herbie Hancock released in September 21, 1977 in Japan. It features performances by Hancock with Ron Carter and Tony Williams. It is the first of two albums with the same title—this album was released in 1977, and a second Herbie Hancock Trio was released in 1982.

Track listing

1. "Watch It" - 12:25
2. "Speak Like a Child" - 13:06
3. "Watcha Waitin' For" - 6:20
4. "Look" - 7:42
5. "Milestones" (Davis) - 6:40


Herbie Hancock – piano
Ron Carter – bass
Tony Williams – drums

Herbie Hancock - 1975 Flood

Herbie Hancock - 1975 Flood

Flood is the eighteenth album by Herbie Hancock. It was originally released only in Japan in 1975 as a double LP, and features the Headhunters Band, performing their hits from the Head Hunters, Thrust and Man-Child albums. It originally received a Japanese CD release & finally got a US release in 2014 on the Wounded Bird label.

Track listing

All compositions by Herbie Hancock except as indicated

"Introduction/Maiden Voyage" – 7:59
"Actual Proof" – 8:28
"Spank-A-Lee" (Mike Clark, Hancock, Paul Jackson) – 8:47
"Watermelon Man" – 5:50
"Butterfly" (Hancock, Bennie Maupin) – 12:44
"Chameleon" (Hancock, Jackson, Harvey Mason, Maupin) – 10:24
"Hang Up Your Hang Ups" (Hancock, Jackson, Melvin "Wah-Wah" Ragin) – 19:54


Herbie Hancock – acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, ARP Odyssey, ARP Soloist, ARP String Ensemble
Bennie Maupin – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, saxello, bass clarinet, flute, percussion
Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight – guitar
Paul Jackson – Fender bass
Mike Clark – drum set
Bill Summers – congas, percussion

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Vital Information - 2004 Come On In

Steve Smith's Vital Information has evolved from being a fusion band into one that is closer to soul-jazz. He had led units under the Vital Information name for 21 years when he recorded Come On In, a tight quartet album featuring guitarist Frank Gambale (of Chick Corea's Elektric Band), keyboardist Tom Coster (who also plays accordion), and bassist Baron Browne. The music includes some grooves worthy of Joe Zawinul, straight-ahead sections, catchy themes, and plenty of funky rhythms that avoid being predictable, plus a heated up-tempo blues "A Little Something." Smith is mostly in the background, content to propel and inspire his sidemen into playing some of their finest music. This set, which crosses many musical boundaries, reveals Steve Smith's Vital Information to be one of the most underrated bands in modern jazz and serves as an excellent introduction to the group's music. 

Steve Smith - Audio Production, Composer, Drums, Primary Artist, Producer, Udu
Tom Coster Accordion, Composer, Group Member, Keyboards
Frank Gambale Composer, Group Member, Guitar
Baron Browne Bass, Bass (Electric), Composer, Group Member, Guitar (Bass)

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Time Tunnel ( 5:38 )
2. Come On In ( 5:40 )
3. Beneath The Surface ( 2:06 )
4. Cat Walk ( 6:05 )
5. Around The World 9:35 )
6. Soho ( 6:25 )
7. A Little Something ( 8:23 )
8. From Naples To Heaven ( 4:08 )
9. Baton Rouge ( 6:18 )
10. Fine Line ( 2:18 )
11. High Wire ( 5:52 )

Total Time : 62:28

Vital Information - 1996 Ray Of Hope

Ray of Hope is Vital Information's seventh release, the first for Intuition Records and their first in four years. The material was actually recorded long before the release, while leader/drummer Steve Smith shopped around for a record deal. The majority of the selections have heavy commercial overtones, but the heavy grooves, nice melodies, and superb musicianship save this from being just another light fusion affair. Ever the selfless leader, Smith gives all bandmates plenty of opportunities to shine. In particular, keyboardist Tom Coster and bassist Jeff Andrews both shine on their duet of Horace Silver's "Peace." Drummers will be most pleased with the Max Roach-inspired drum solo "Maxed Out," a three-minute tour de force that proves why Smith is held in such high regard among his colleagues. While Ray of Hope may not be the most inspired recording the band has released, there is enough here to please most fans of high-energy jazz/rock fusion and/or contemporary jazz. 

 Line-up / Musicians

Steve Smith / drums
Tom Coster / keyboards
Frank Gambale / guitar
Jeff Andrews / bass

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Clouds ( 1:01 )
2. Celebrate Life ( 4:57 )
3. Rio Lize ( 4:48 )
4. Lorenzo`s Soul ( 5:32 )
5. Sacred Treasure ( 5:49 )
6. Sixth Sense ( 4:37 )
7. Ray Of Hope ( 5:41 )
8. Maxed Out ( 2:56 )
9. All My Love, Always ( 6:30 )
10.Peace ( 4:13 )
11.Fit To Be Tied ( 6:25 )
12.Over And Out ( 5:39 )

Total Time : 60;01

Vital Information - 1991 Vitalive!

The drummer with the very successful rock group Journey for seven years, Steve Smith left the band in 1985 to devote his career to jazz and specifically his group Vital Information. This CD is taken from their tour of August 1989 and features Smith's unit (which also includes Larry Schneider on reeds, guitarist Frank Gambale, keyboardist Tom Coster, and bassist Larry Grenadier) playing a strong set of group originals plus the standard "I Should Care" (a straight-ahead feature for Coster and the rhythm section). Although Coster uses electronics on some of the pieces, much of his date is simply high-quality acoustic jazz; even the funkier material swings. Recommended. 

 Songs / Tracks Listing

1. One Flight Up ( 6:06 )
2. Looks bad, Feels Good ( 5:39 )
3. Jave And A Nail ( 5:12 )
4. (What Lies) Beyond ( 7:09 )
5. I Should Care ( 7:29 )
6. Mac Attack ( 5:01 )
7. Johnny Cat ( 7:30 )
8. The Perfect Date ( 6:37 )
9. Island Holiday ( 7:31 )
10. Europa ( Earth Cry - Heaven`s Smile ) ( 4:37 )

Total Time : 62:51

Recorded live at Club Nova 2, Ignacio, California, August 2, 1989

Line-up / Musicians

Frank Gambale / guitar, voice on Johnny Cat
Steve Smith / drums
Tom Coster / keyboards
Larry Schneider / saxophone
Larry Grenadier / acoustic bass
Tom Coster Jr. / additional keyboards on Johnny Cat

Vital Information - 2000 Live Around The World "Where We Come From" Tour '98 - '99.

A live album not to be missed, Live Around the World is a two-disc set full of funk, fusion, fiery fretwork, and just plain fun. It's obvious these guys are having the time of their lives, working and reworking material old and new. From the zydeco funkiness of "Swamp Stomp" to the Headhunters' era funk of "The Perfect Date," this music has a groove that won't let up. When Frank Gambale goes into the melody of Led Zeppelin's classic drum feature, "Moby Dick," it's over a Steve Smith swing/funk rhythm the likes of which John Bonham could never have imagined. A 15-minute "Mr P.C." resembles the Coltrane original only in the brief head before the band takes it to places previously unknown.
The group stretches out on most of the tracks here, and the foursome uses the time to shine individually and as a group. Gambale's fleet fingers are amazing, burning up the fretboard like Dimeola, Coryell, or McLaughlin, then delivering an extended slice of tasty Wes Montgomery smoothness that ought to get radio airplay on "First Thing This Morning." Tom Coster's Hammond B-3 is also in the front seat much of the time. He occasionally recalls Larry Young back in the Tony Williams Lifetime days, reminds listeners of his own great '70s work with Santana, and does a mean Jimmy Smith on "Listen Up" and "First Thing This Morning." For a change of pace, Coster turns the Santana classic "Europa" into an accordion love song out of a Paris bistro. On "It's a Jungle out There," bassman Baron Browne captures Black Market-era Jaco, while "Over and Out" is a hard driving jam à la Return to Forever. Steve Smith brought his personal fusion crusade out of the studio to eager crowds for the tour captured in this collection. Judging by the recorded results, it was a huge musical success.

Bass – Baron Browne
Drums – Steve Smith (5)
Guitar – Frank Gambale
Keyboards – Tom Coster
Track Listings:
Disc: 1
1. Dr. Demento
2. Moby Dick
3. Swamp Stomp
4. Cranial Jam
5. Happy House
6. Fortaleza
7. First Thing This Morning
8. The Perfect Date
9. It's A Jungle Out There
Disc: 2
1. The Drum Also Waltzes
2. Take Eight
3. Listen Up!
4. Europa
5. Do You Read Me?
6. Over And Out!
7. Mr. PC
8. Soulful Drums

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lenny White - 1978 Streamline [EAC-Log-Que-Flac-Scan]

Lenny White - 1978 Streamline
Lenny White – drums, percussion, production
Chaka Khan – lead vocals (track 2)
Diane Reeves – vocals (track 4), background vocals
Don Blackman – vocals (track 6), keyboard, Minimoog (track 4), synthesizer (track 7), Rhodes piano (track 10), piano (track 11), organ (track 3)
Nick Moroch – guitar (except tracks 1, 3, 10)
Jamie Glaser – guitar (tracks 1, 3, 10)
Denzil Miller, Jr. – keyboard (track 8), Minimoog (track 9), rhythm arrangement (track 2)
Larry Dunn – Minimoog (track 1), synthesizer programming, production
Marcus Miller – bass

Track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Struttin'" Jamie Glaser 4:45
2. "Lady Madonna" John Lennon, Paul McCartney 3:54
3. "12 Bars From Mars" Nick Moroch 3:10
4. "Earthlings" Lenny White, Don Blackman 4:48
5. "Spazmo Strikes Again" White 0:25
6. "Time" Blackman 2:58
7. "Pooh Bear" White, Weldon Irvine 5:02
8. "Lockie's Inspiration" Denzil Miller, Jr. 0:41
9. "I'll See You Soon" White 6:30
10. "Night Games" Marcus Miller 3:58
11. "Cosmic Indigo" Blackman 0:50
Total length:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Lenny White - 1975 Venusian Summer [EAC-Log-Que-Flac-Scans]

Lenny White - 1975 Venusian Summer

Tracklist / Personnel:
1 Chicken-Fried Steak
Bass – Doug Rauch Drums, Clavinet [Wandering Clavinet] – Lenny White Organ – Jimmy Smith Rhythm Guitar – Raymond Gomez*Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar – Doug Rodrigues Written-By – Doug Rauch, Doug Rodrigues

2 Away Go Troubles Down The Drain
Bass – Doug Rauch Drums – Lenny White Electric Piano, Clavinet – Onaje Allan Gumbs Organ – Weldon Irvine Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar – Doug Rodrigues Synthesizer [Minimoog], Organ – David Sancious Written-By, Arranged By – Doug Rauch, Doug Rodrigues, Lenny White

The Venusian Summer Suite
Orchestrated By – Tom Harrel*Written-By, Arranged By – Lenny White
3a Part 1. Sirenes
Arranged By [Brooklyn Syntharmonic Orchestra & Inner-mission Choir Orchestra Realizations By] – Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer [Eu Synthesizer, ARP 2600] – Peter Robinson Synthesizer [Eu Synthesizer, Minimoog, ARP 2500/2600, Oberheim, Digital Sequencer] – Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer [Minimoog, Eu Synthesizer, ARP 2600], Piano – Lenny White Synthesizer [Minimoog] – Tom Harrel*

3b Part 2. Venusian Summer
Bass – Doug Rauch Clavinet, Synthesizer [Minimoog] – Peter Robinson Drums, Bass [Snap Bass] – Lenny White Electric Piano, Piano – Onaje Allan Gumbs Flute – Hubert Laws Synthesizer [Eu Synthesizer, ARP 2600, Minimoog] – Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer [Minimoog] – David Sancious

4 Prelude To Rainbow Delta
Gong [Backwards Gong] – Dennis MacKay*Synthesizer [Eu Synthesizer], Arranged By [Orchestra Realizations] – Patrick Gleeson Timpani [Tympani], Snare [Snare Drum], Rototoms, Wood Block, Gong [Triangle Gong], Marimba, Cymbal [Suspended Cymbal] – Lenny White Written-By – Patrick Gleeson

5 Mating Drive
Bass – Doug Rauch Drums – Lenny White Electric Piano, Mellotron – Onaje Allan Gumbs Lead Guitar – Raymond Gomez*Organ – Khalid Yasin* Rhythm Guitar – Doug Rodrigues Written-By, Arranged By – Lenny White

6 Prince Of The Sea
Bass – Doug Rauch Drums, Gong – Lenny White Electric Guitar – Al DiMeola*, Larry Coryell Flugelhorn – Tom Harrel* Piano [Acoustic Piano], Electric Piano, Organ – Onaje Allan Gumbs Written-By, Arranged By – Lenny White

Network - 2001 Highly Committed Media Players [EAC-Log-Que-Flac-Scans]

Network - 2001 Highly Committed Media Players


Bass – Chris Laurence (tracks: 3), Laurence Cottle (tracks: 8), Wolfgang Schmid (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 7)
Bass, Vocals – Jack Bruce (tracks: 5)
Drums – Steve Clarke (18) (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 8)
Guitar – Larry Coryell (tracks: 1 to 5, 7,8)
Guitar [Right + Left] – Larry Coryell (tracks: 6)
Keyboards – Pete Jacobsen (tracks: 1 to 4, 7,8)
Organ – Pete Jacobsen (tracks: 5)
Trumpet – Ted Emmett (tracks: 1 to 5, 7,8)


1 Interstellar Overdrive
2 The Hellical Friction Principal
3 Dennis the Menace
4 Sitting on the Back of the Bus
5 Manic Depression
6 Larry's Tune
7 The Target Man
8 The Little Blue Book

Release Date: September 11, 2001

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tommy Bolin - 1972 [1999] Energy

Energy were formed in 1971 in Boulder, Colorado when Tommy Bolin and Bobby Berge left Zephyr. The members in the most well-known lineup were:
Tommy Bolin: guitar
Jeff Cook: vocals, harmonica
Tom Stephenson: keyboards, vocals
Stanley Sheldon: bass
Bobby Berge: drums
Other players included:
Kenny Passarelli: first bassist (quickly left to join Joe Walsh)
Jeremy Steig: flute
Gary Wilson: first vocalist (replaced by Jeff Cook)
Max Gronenthal: keyboards, vocals (replaced Jeff Cook and Tom Stephenson)
Russell Bizzett: drums (after Bobby left, then second drummer after Bobby returned)
Archie Shelby: percussion (intermittent)


1 Red Skies 8:19
2 Heartlight 4:23
3 Hok-O-Hey 7:16
4 Got No Time For Trouble 5:01
5 Limits 4:52
6 Eyes Of Blue 2:59
7 Dreamer 5:08
8 Miss Christmas 4:18
9 Naked Edge 14:16
10 Sky Sail 5:28

Lenny White - 1977 Big City [EAC Log Que Scans]

On his second solo album, Big City, Return to Forever drummer Lenny White leads an all-star cast on a jaunt through the diverse worlds of jazz fusion. The title track is a groove-oriented monster that unites the Brian Auger Oblivion Express with the Tower of Power horn section. While "Sweet Dreamer" is a soft ballad that features the singing of Linda Tillery, and "Rapid Transit" is a study in funk built around the bass playing of Verdine White, both songs benefit from the presence of Herbie Hancock on electric piano. Not to be forgotten, Lenny White shows off his penchant for sharp and accelerated drum cadences on interludes titled "Egypt" and "Ritmo Loco." Yet his leanings towards rock are taken a bit too far with Ray Gomez and Neal Schon trading epic guitar solos on "Dreams Come and Go Away" as well as "And We Meet Again." Fortunately the gap between sonic freak-outs is bridged by the exceptional "Enchanted Pool Suite," which features Miroslav Vitous on acoustic bass, Jerry Goodman on violin, and Jan Hammer on Minimoog.

Tracks Listing
A1 Big City 5:22
A2 Sweet Dreamer 4:42
A3.1 Egypt 1:00
A3.2 Nocturne 1:24
A4 Rapid Transit 3:59
A5 Ritmo Loco 1:08

B1 Dreams Come And Go Away 3:34
Enchanted Pool Suite
B2.1 Prelude 1:31
B2.2 Part I 2:18
B2.3 Part II 5:39
B3 And We Meet Again 6:41 

Line-up / Musicians Greg Adams Trumpet
Lamar Alsop Violin, Viola
Brian Auger Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric)
Raymond Beckenstein Flute
Don Blackman Performer
Alex Blake Bass
Al Brown Viola
Emilio Castillo Sax (Tenor)
Clive Chaman Bass
Louis Colin Harp
Michael Comins Violin
Harry Cykman Violin
Harvey Estrin Flute
Barry Finclair Violin
Paul Gershman Violin
Mike Gibbs Piano, Orchestration
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet
Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer, Keyboards, Producer, Brass, Brass Arrangement, Arp Strings
Ray Gomez Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Performer, Soloist
Jerry Goodman Violin
Onaje Allan Gumbs Piano, Keyboards
Jan Hammer Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Mini Moog
Herbie Hancock Keyboards, Piano (Electric)
Paul Jackson, Jr. Bass
Paul Jackson Bass
David Earle Johnson Conga
Gary King Bass, Drums
Harold Kohon Violin
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Sax (Baritone)
Lennox Laington Conga
Walter Levinsky Flute
Jesse Levy Cello
Alex Ligertwood Guitar
Guy Lumia Violin
Bennie Maupin Saxophone, Sax (Soprano)
Charles McCracken Cello
Homer Mensch Double Bass
Marcus Miller Bass
Jack Mills Guitar, Soloist
Marin Morganstern Violin
Marvin Morgenstern Violin
David Nadien Violin
Lenny Pickett Sax (Tenor), Lyricon, Soloist
John Pintavalle Violin
Max Pollikoff Violin
Neal Schon Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Soloist
Alan Shulman Cello
Linda Tillery Vocals
Tower of Power Horn
Miroslav Vitous Bass, Bass (Acoustic)
Lenny White Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Arranger, Conga, Drums, Keyboards, Timbales, Moog Synthesizer, Producer, Oberheim, Horn Arrangements, Roto Toms, Announcer, Mini Moog, Arp Strings, Moog Drum
Verdine White Bass 

Lenny White - 1978 Astral pirates [EAC Log Que Scans]

1 Prelude: Theme For Astral Pirates 1:20
2 Pursuit 2:58
3 Mandarin Warlords 5:06
4 The Great Pyramid 2:30
5 Universal Love 3:30
6 Remenbering 0:34
7 Revelation 3:25
8 Stew, Cabbage And Galactic Beans 3:51
9 Heavy Metal Monster 4:39
10 Assault 3:36
11 Climax: Theme For Astral Pirates 7:42

Bass - Alex Blake
Drums, Percussion, Synthesizer - Lenny White
Guitar [Lead] - Nick Moroch
Guitar [Rhythm] - Jeff Sigman
Keyboards, Vocals - Don Blackman
Synthesizer [Programming] - Patrick Gleeson

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Miles Davis - 1974 [1991] Big Fun

Great Expectations
Bass – Ron CarterBass [Fender] – Harvey BrooksBass Clarinet – Bennie MaupinDrums – Billy CobhamElectric Guitar – John McLaughlinElectric Piano – Chick Corea, Herbie HancockPercussion – Airto MoreiraSitar [Electric], Tambura – Bihari Sharma, Khalil BalakrishnaSoprano Saxophone – Steve Grossman

Bass – Michael HendersonClarinet, Flute – Bennie MaupinDrums – Al Foster, Billy HartPercussion [African] – James "Mtume" Forman*Piano – Harold I. Williams*, Lonnie SmithSoprano Saxophone – Carlos GarnettSoprano Saxophone, Flute – Sonny FortuneTabla – Badal Roy

Go Ahead John
Bass – Dave HollandDrums – Jack DeJohnetteElectric Guitar – John McLaughlinSaxophone – Steve Grossman
Lonely Fire
Bass – Dave HollandBass [Fender] – Harvey BrooksBass Clarinet – Bennie MaupinDrums – Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnetteElectric Piano – Chick CoreaElectric Piano, Organ [Farfisa] – Joe ZawinulInstruments [Indian] – Airto Moreira, Khalil BalakrishnaPercussion – Airto MoreiraSaxophone - Wayne Shorter


Great Expectations 27:34
Ife 21:33
Go Ahead John 28:26
Lonely Fire 21:21

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Frank Zappa - 1994 Apocrypha [4 CD Box]

Pt. 1:
Pt. 2:
Pt. 3:
Pt. 4:

Frank Zappa & The Mothers - 1970 A Snail In My Nose

A Snail in My Nose (CD)

  • Fillmore East OR West, 1970 (location & date fiercly debatable)
  • Re-issued on CD (Lost Rose 8)
  • Re-issued on CD as A Snail in My Nose (Teddy Bear Records TB 49 (Italy)), with the bar code 8 016607 942492
  • Also issued legally as part of the Beat the Boots II set
Length: 51:37
Sound quality: Soundboard A
Musicians: Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jeff Simmons, Aynsley Dunbar, George Duke and Ian Underwood
This is the 14 tracks on the CD version:
1. Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? (00:49) [intro]
2. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus (07:26)
3. Sleeping in a Jar / Interlude (04:50)
4. Sharleena (04:31)
5. The Sanzini Brothers / FZ Talking to Audience (02:22)
6. What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening? (02:30)
7. What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are? (01:44)
8. Bwana Dik (01:46)
9. Latex Solar Beef (01:00)
10. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (02:50)
11. Little House I Used to Live in [including "Penis Dimension"] (04:10)
12. Holiday in Berlin [with lyrics!] [including "Would You Like a Snack?"] (04:29)
13. Instrumental [including "Inca Roads" & "Easy Meat"] (07:16)
14. Cruising For Burgers (02:46)
The Italian title comes from a 1980s number in the Uncle Meat movie and on the Uncle Meat CD re-issue; an Italian has translated it as "I got a big bunch of dick". An Italian re-issue is cowardly renamed A Snail in My Nose.
This seems to be hodge-podged together from tapes of two shows that night (that goes also for the Freaks & Motherfuckers boot). Tracks 1-5 are probably from the early show and tracks 8-14 from the late show (?). Tracks 6-7 could be from both. The "Interlude" includes "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", and track 13 includes 40 seconds of "Inca Roads" (a very early version, of course, with only the 16th-note theme) and 24 seconds of "Easy Meat". Around the track break between tracks 11 and 12 there are some "Mudshark Variations".
"Sharleena" is the same performance as on Hotel Dixie. Tracks 11-14 are the same recording as side two of Freaks & Motherfuckers and Hotel Dixie.
The location and date of this show is up for grabs. Beat the Boots claims it as Fillmore East 11-May-1970, which is wrong; the Flo & Eddie band had not been formed then. According to fanzine T'Mershi Duween, the tape the boots are struck from is recorded at the Fillmore West and sometimes identified as 24-May-1970, sometimes as 6-Nov-1970. (As Mike Phillips points out, Zappa does talk about "the speech-impediment lounge at the Fillmore East" during "Does This Kind of Life Look Interesting to You?".) Some people identify them as 14-Dec-1970, but according to Miles' book A Visual Documentary, Zappa was in Europe in December 1970, which has given rise to the date 14-Nov-1970. The Hotel Dixie boot claims to be from that date - but is it the same recording? Pick your favourite.
A Snail in My Nose has a different, imagainative track listing on the cover, but everyone says its a copy of Tengo 'na Minchia Tanta. The cover picture is a black and white snail on a colourful background. The Lost Rose CD cover has a sepia head-and-upper-body photo of Zappa playing guitar with a blurred portrait of him in the background.

Frank Zappa - 1973 Around The World

Around the World (CD)

Label: All of Us Records (Italy) AS 46
Bar code: 8 016108 093464
Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ian Underwood, Ruth Underwood, George Duke, Bruce Fowler, Tom Fowler, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ralph Humphrey and Irma Coffee
The CD is tracked like this (maybe with index numbers):
1. Pygmy Twylyte / Dummy Up [instrumental, listed as "The Tango"] / Dupree's Paradise Story [listed as "Dupree's Paradise Lounge"] (18:13)
2. Penguin in Bondage / T'Mershi Duween / Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (11:13)
3. Father O'Blivion [Stage #6 version] / Don't Eat the Yellow Snow / Nanook Rubs It / St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast (15:24)
4. Guitar Event (04:40)
5. "Beebop and Tango Dance Contest" / Tango Variations (12:47)
  • "Pygmy Twylyte / Dummy Up" live in Wayne, New Jersey, 11-Nov-1973 (early show) with Irma Coffee on guest vocals.
  • "Dupree's Paradise" live at the Avery Hall in New York, 22-Nov-1973.
  • Track 2 live in Los Angeles, or at the Roxy (of Roxy & Elsewhere fame) in December 1973.
  • Track 3 live at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, 24-Jun-1973. "Father O'Blivion" has been officially released on Stage #6.
  • Track 4 live at the Boston music hall, 08-May-1973.
  • Track 5 (maybe not all of it) is live, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 18-Nov-1973.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Brand X - 2014 - Albums Collection 1976-1980 (6 Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Music Japan)

Brand X - 1980 Do They Hurt (Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2014)

Do They Hurt? (1980) is an album by British jazz fusion group Brand X. The tracks on this album are outtakes from the Product sessions. ("Noddy Goes to Sweden" was a B-side from Product.)

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Noddy Goes to Sweden" (Jones) – 4:30
  2. "Voidarama" (Goodsall) – 4:21
  3. "Act of Will" (Goodsall) – 4:43
  4. "Fragile" (Jones, Robinson) – 5:26

Side two

  1. "Cambodia" (Goodsall) – 4:31
  2. "Triumphant Limp" (Goodsall, Giblin, Lumley, Collins) – 7:34
  3. "D.M.Z." (Jones) – 8:39


A1 - A3 - A4 - B1 - B3
A2 - B2


  • Robin Lumley (2002): "To this day I can proudly count Michael Palin and Terry Jones as good pals! I got Mike to do the sleeve notes on "Do They Hurt ?" (which is itself a line from Holy Grail (witch sequence)... He wanted 25 pence for writing the notes... Charisma didn't pay him so he threatened to sue! (a joke of course)".
  • "Act of Will" is sung through a vocoder. John Goodsall himself said, in a private e-mail, that there were never any written lyrics. Various attempts have been made to puzzle out what he is saying, but the words are likely similar to Masoko Tanga by The Police and are not always words.
  • This album consists of out-takes from the Product sessions. Because "Noddy Goes to Sweden" was included on this album, the song "Pool Room Blues" gains the distinction of being the only non-album Brand X song.


  1. Connolly, Dave (2011). "Do They Hurt? - Brand X | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 June 2011.

Brand X - 1979 Product (Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2014)

Product is an album by British jazz fusion group Brand X, originally released in 1979.

Track listing


Side one

  1. "Don't Make Waves" (Goodsall) – 5:28
  2. "Dance of the Illegal Aliens" (Jones) – 7:50
  3. "Soho" (Goodsall, Collins) – 3:38
  4. "...And So to F..." (Collins) – 6:29

Side two

  1. "Algon (Where an Ordinary Cup of Drinking Chocolate Costs £8,000,000,000)" (Lumley) – 6:10
  2. "Rhesus Perplexus" (Giblin) – 3:59
  3. "Wal to Wal / Not Good Enough - See Me!" – 10:44
    1. "Wal to Wal" (Jones, Giblin)
    2. "Not Good Enough - See Me!" (Jones, Robinson)
  4. "April" (Giblin) – 2:36


  1. "Don't Make Waves" (Goodsall) – 5:31
  2. "Dance of the Illegal Aliens" (Jones) – 7:49
  3. "Soho" (Goodsall, Collins) – 3:40
  4. "Not Good Enough-See Me!" (Jones, Robinson) – 7:29
  5. "Algon (Where an Ordinary Cup of Drinking Chocolate Costs £8,000,000,000)" (Lumley) – 6:08
  6. "Rhesus Perplexus" (Giblin) – 4:00
  7. "Wal to Wal" (Jones, Giblin) – 3:14
  8. "...And So to F..." (Collins) – 6:28
  9. "April" (Giblin) – 2:08


except on "Dance of the Illegal Aliens"; "Wal to Wal"; "Not Good Enough - See Me!"

on "Dance of the Illegal Aliens"; "Not Good Enough - See Me!"

on "Wal to Wal"


  • The song "Wal to Wal" is the first recorded song on which Phil Collins used a Roland drum machine. (The first recorded Genesis song on which he used a drum machine is Duchess.)
  • Both "Don't Make Waves" and "Soho" were released as singles.
  • The non-album song "Pool Room Blues" was used as a B-side to one of the singles. "Genocide of the Straights" is another non-album track that failed to make the cut on Livestock, yet was included on a 1977 EP titled 'X-cerpts - 3 from "Livestock" + 1'.
  • Various releases of the album switch the track list with "...And So to F..." and "Not Good Enough - See Me!"