Gazeuse! was the first in a successful line of strictly jazz-rock sessions for percussionist Pierre Moerlen and company â€” compositions that stressed jazz more than rock and which generally strayed away from lyrical content. This 1976 recording, also released under the title Expresso, was the band’s first completely instrumental album, a companion piece to the later, somewhat warmer Expresso II, which is quite similar in sound and structure. To say Gazeuse! is percussive is an understatement. Drummer Moerlen is accompanied by brother Benoit and Mirielle Bauer on vibraphones with Mino Cinelu playing other assorted percussion. “Percolations” is a showcase for this foursome: Part one, a display of beautiful vibes and xylophones; part two, a technically superb drum solo. Pierre’s playing is fierce in this second part, exhibited by some truly volatile drumming near the close. Allan Holdsworth is the sole guitarist on the album and contributes two of his own compositions. His “Night Illusion” is a standout and reminiscent of Bill Bruford’s Feels Good to Me on which Holdsworth collaborated around the same time. Longtime Gong member Didier Malherbe adds spice to the proceedings with jazzy flute on “Shadows Of” and prominent sax on the slightly funky “Esnuria.” ~ David Ross Smith, All Music Guide
– Atlantis Fanfare / Comin’ Through / My Pearl (Vinyl)
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“Audio for this video is sourced from my personal vinyl Canadian pressing of Automatic Man’s debut self titled LP, “Automatic Man” (1976) Island Records ILPS 9397.
The audio transfer was done with an Oracle Delphi MKIII turntable, an SME45 tone arm, and a Vanden Hull MC-10 MC cartridge. Though I suppose after digital transfer to mp3, compression etc…all this is irrelevant.
The images used within this video are taken from photos and scans of my original vinyl LP jacket/cover/labels.”
Michael Shrieve – Drums, Electronic Percussion
Pat Thrall – Guitars
Bayete (aka Todd Cochran) – Keyboards, Synthesizers, Vocals
Doni Harvey – Bass, Vocals
Automatic Man was an American 1970s progressive rock quartet from San Francisco which also featured elements of funk, space music, psychedelic rock, heavy metal, Krautrock, art rock and Santana-inspired jazz fusion. Initially a side project of Santana’s drummer Michael Shrieve, Automatic Man brought together well respected musicians of diverse backgrounds within the rock, funk and jazz communities of the mid-1970s. Despite a well reviewed 1976 eponymous debut on Island Records and a lone charting single, 1977’s “My Pearl”, which reached #97 on the Billboard Hot 100, the line-up of Automatic Man was not cohesive. After a second album entitled Visitors, they disbanded in 1978, retaining a small but very loyal, global cult following.
Hummingbird was the first of three albums recorded by the British rock band Hummingbird. The album was produced by Ian “Sammy” Samwell.
With initial interest from Apple Records and CBS, the band started work on this album in mid July 1973. At this stage Jeff Beck took part in minor sessions with the band, but this did not develop into a final contribution. After signing to A&M they transferred to Island studios to finish off the album during September and October 1974. In 1975, Jeff Beck released his Blow by Blow album and performed a Bernie Holland track, Diamond Dust
Formed August 1974, London, Greater London, United Kingdom;
Disbanded June 1978;
-Bobbie Tench (vocals, guitar)
-Max Middleton (keyboards)
-Clive Chaman (bass, flute)
-Bernie Holland (guitar)
-Conrad Isadore (drums)
-Robert Ahwai (guitar)
-Bernard Purdie (drums, percussion),
-Linda Lewis (vocals),
-Madeline Bell (vocals),
-Liza Strike (vocals);
Genres: Jazz Fusion,Jazz-Funk;