Guitarist Al di Meola’s second record as a leader is generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. With Jan Hammer or Barry Miles on keyboards, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Lenny White (Steve Gadd takes his place on the “Elegant Gypsy Suite”), and percussionist Mingo Lewis on most of the selections, di Meola shows off his speedy and rock-ish fusion style. He was still a member of Return to Forever at the time and was a stronger guitarist than composer, but di Meola did put a lot of thought into this music. The brief “Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil” (an acoustic guitar solo) and “Mediterranean Sundance” (an acoustic duet with fellow guitarist Paco de LucÃa) hints at di Meola’s future directions. A near classic in the fusion vein. Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Billy Cobham Spectrum (Kongsberg, Norway 1974)
Billy COBHAM (dr), John ABERCROMBIE (git), Michael BRECKER (s), Randy BRECKER (t), Glenn
FERRIS (trb), Alex BLAKE (b), Milchu LEVIEV (kbd).
"The pleasant Pheasant" "Red Baron" (B. Cobham).
Passport – Infinity Machine
Studio Album, released in 1976
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Ju-Ju-man (10:04)
2. Morning sun (5:49)
3. Blue aura (3:02)
4. Infinity machine (5:12)
5. Ostinato (7:37)
6. Contemplation (6:39)
Last album with the classic lineup
– Curt Cress / drums, percussion
– Klaus Doldinger / soprano & tenor saxes, Moog, keyboards, voice
– Wolfgang Schmid / bass, guitar, harmonizer
– Kristian Schulze / keyboards
Not as good as previoous two albums, but title track is a real blowout.
MarktheShark says ” It’s like ELP meets Weather Report with Klaus’s intense sax work and Kristian’s distorted Hammond organ along with Curt’s maniacal drumming and Wolgang’s thunderous bass lines.”
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