Monday, July 03, 2006

Alphonse Mouzon - "Mind Transplant" [1974] @ 256 (Amazing Jazz Fusion)

Drummers Alphonse Mouzon and Billy Cobham led almost parallel careers during the 1970s and helped to raise the bar by which all subsequent drummers were to be judged. They were both in legendary fusion bands (Mouzon in Weather Report and Larry Coryell's Eleventh House and Cobham in Dreams and the Mahavishnu Orchestra), both led their own successful bands, both reinvented jazz-rock drumming, and both released one classic, genre-defining recording. Cobham's classic was Spectrum, a recording that is regularly considered as one of the genre's best. This, Mind Transplant, is Mouzon's classic recording that is often hailed as "Spectrum II." The common thread, besides the aggressive drumming, is guitarist Tommy Bolin. Where Cobham used Bolin's aggressive playing as a counterpoint to Jan Hammer, Mouzon features the guitarist as the primary attraction. The tunes themselves may not be as memorable as, say, "Red Baron" or "Stratus," but the playing is no less inspired. Mouzon and Bolin are a natural fit and push themselves to levels of creativity and skill that few can attain. Raw and powerful, the music herein is what made fusion such a viable musical style. This recording has never been as popular as Spectrum, but was finally released on CD in 1993 with the addition of the 15-minute jam session "The Real Thing." Easily one of the best fusion recordings of all time.

-- http://harukimurakami.livejournal.com/

Highly Recommended!

Samples coming soon!

Link in comments....

11 comments:

BlackwatchPlaid said...

Here is the link:

http://tinyurl.com/lgzjv

Enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

I have the CD, but mine does not have "The Real Thing" on it. I can't wait to hear that track. Thank you for the update, this truly is one of the great fusion albums.

M47 said...

Great album and the extra track, AM and TB jammin' is very nice and pure music.

writerguy said...

This is great, thanks!

Does anyone have Virtue? It's one of my favorite Mouzon albums and I haven't seen it for years.

bigfoot kit said...

Wow!
Thanks, what a great record.
I seek "Spectrum" by Billy Cobham too, is possible to post maybe?

Captain Beyond said...

This is an amazing album by an amazing fusion drummer. Too bad he went completely soul-pop by 1980! I have both "Spectrum" (CD)and "Virtue" (LP) and can post them on my little blog soon.

Anonymous said...

Link is dead :-(

Anonymous said...

The link is gone... I was hoping so much to find this album and now it ain't there. If someone could get it back somewhere, sometime, that would really really great.

Anonymous said...

Oh man... I thought I'd finally found this album and now the link is gone... I have the vinyl version but I would hope to have a digital version. I hope it can be brought back online.

Anonymous said...

Classic, would like to see it re-posted.

isabelbc said...

try here >>> http://prognotfrog.com/search.php?q=Alphonse+Mouzon

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