This 1975 high-powered fusion differs surprisingly little from the music that Jean-Luc Ponty has mostly played throughout the 1980s and ’90s. The violinist’s quintet (which includes guitarist Darryl Stuermer, keyboardist Patrice Rushen, bassist Tom Fowler and drummer Norman Fearrington) displays impeccable musicianship and lots of energy. The group was often so tight that the violin, keyboards, guitar and (to a lesser extent) the electric bass had similar tones, sometimes making it difficult to tell who was soloing at a particular moment. Listeners open to the sound of electronics and funky grooves should be very impressed by the spirited music which combines the adventure of jazz with the sound of rock. ~ 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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