Originally released in 1976, Return To Forever’s Romantic Warrior could be described as the high-water mark of jazz fusion’s commercial popularity, reaching a spot on the Billboard charts and garnering the group a fanatical following of fans attracted to the band’s technical prowess and bombast. Released on the heels of the breakup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Romantic Warrior still sounds like a standard-bearer for jazz fusion, full of flashy solos and complicated arrangements that seem like collages of different moods, meters, and tempos. The album is much closer to the progressive rock of Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, or King Crimson than anything from the jazz realm. Return to Forever’s rhythm team of bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White, who gives the group a subtly funkier sound than most of their contemporaries. Still, it’s pianist Chick Corea, using a veritable arsenal of keyboards and effects, and guitarist Al DiMeola, only 21 at the time of this recording, who define Romantic Warrior as a fusion landmark. This reissued edition comes with improved sound and a brief reminiscence by Corea in the liner notes. –Ezra Gale
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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