The play list, composed and/or arranged by members of the group, manages to avoid the rhythmic rut many of those who succumbed to fusion fell into. One outstanding example is where DeMerle reshapes fusion on "Gypsy Rondo". This tune represents multiple merging of genre with Robby Robinson's piano kicking off in a classical vein with Joseph Haydn's music, then moves to straight ahead swing. all the time with DeMerle playing his rat a tat tat drums along side. They are joined by a synthesizer combined with some Barry Coats guitar before returning once more to Haydn. More than any other cut on the CD, this track will keep your attention and entertain you.
The individual members of the group are given lots of opportunity to show off their solo skills. Mark Hatch's trumpet moves out on "Kaballa". "Moon Dial", which comes close to pure Rock, features the throbbing saxophones of Bunk Gardner and Sam Riney. The album's opener "Canned Heat Suite" is just that, hot and waiting to be let loose which happens with a frenzied guitar solo by Barry Coats. Soap opera addicts will recognize Nadia's Theme from "The Young and the Restless".
If you yearn for those days when fusion ruled the world, then this previously unreleased album is for you.
Track Listing: Canned Heat; Nadia's Theme; Kaballa; Night Warblers; Gypsy Rondo; Moon Dial
Personnel: Les DeMerle - Leader/Drummer; Robby Robinson - Piano/Fender Rhodes/ Synthesizer; Rex Robinson - Electric Bass; Mark Hatch - Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Buck Gardner - Alto & Soprano Sax/Flute; Sam Riney - Tenor Sax/Flute; Hush Preston - Baritone Sax/Flute; Barry Coats/Guitar; Lee Pastura - Percussion
Record Label: Hitchcock Media Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock
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