The intricate and deftly executed 1978 debut of Auracle
thanks for this note....yeah agreed re the drum sound -- I know some fusion agnostics who are similarly repelled by the placement of bass and Rhodes on fusion records, like those Chick Corea electric records, it's like a sonic barrier of some sort. And wow yes -- this is indeed not too many steps from RSJ/Decoding Society and Ornette In All Languages etc....
will do -- thanks Skip! That's the Dreams era!
thanks for checking it out -- can not *believe* I forgot to mention Teo Macero! he didn't do a ton of these types of projects after Miles but indeed he certainly knew!
One of the rhings I always appreciate about your strong writing is that you encourage me to do something way out of my comfort zone, like click on a link to an obscure fusion album. Yes, I'm one of those guys!
This was worth a listen. IT still has the hallmarks of some of the things that make me squirm when listening to music from that time and place, like the dry, muted drum sound - but I was able to appreciate the harmonies they sometimes landed on. I can't explain what I was hearing, but it was pretty cool. I also heard some links to slightly later fusion music that I would like, from that harmelodoc crowd. The distance from this ti Ronald Shannon Jackaon isn't as far as I once thought.
Check out John Lee & Jerry Brown (w/Breckers & more)-Blue Note/UA-“Still Can’t Say Enough”-circa-‘76-‘77
I get this "Corea meets Zappa" vibe. All the jazz modality of Chick with the frenetic urgency of FZ. This is a great turn on, as always Tom. Spot on unearthing.