169

Robert Musso: Innermedium

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Retro-jazz for a forty-something listener is not Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue or John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things both of which were recorded forty years ago. No, our jazz roots are fusion. Rock and Roll nurtured babies dug Jimi Hendrix before Jon Hendricks. We came to jazz through electric jazz and fusion. Bitches Brew (1969) was in our record collection before Milestones (1958). Ellington was passed over for Jaco Pastorious. Twenty years ago, fusion was condemned by jazz purists and simultaneously co-opted by the smooth jazz scene, leaving listeners of progressive jazz to deny the dark days of electricity. Only recently has electric jazz and fusion been resurrected and dealt with outside of the smooth arena with artist like Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Laswell, and John McLaughlin.

For jazz-fusion fans to come out of the closet it is going to take more releases like this one from Robert Musso. The guitarist, music engineer, and label owner (MuWorks) creates a new old-sound, reminiscent of that seventies scene. With Bill Laswell applying the bottom, I was transported to memories of Jean-Luc Ponty, Weather Report, and Roy Ayers. Bernie Worrell’s organ and electric piano support smart quick solos by Dave Liebman and Byard Lancaster. Dipping into Herbie Hancock’s bag and that of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, Musso has created a time capsule or perhaps a time machine, to the mid-seventies when all this was fresh and had infinite possibilities.

Track List:Unknown Passage; Luminous; Stream Of Stars; Realm Of Spells; Drifting Shades; One Mind; Dark Halo; From Shadows; Silent Code.

Personnel: Karl Berger

| Record Label: DIW | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Porcupine Meat" CD/LP/Track Review Porcupine Meat
by James Nadal
Published: September 29, 2016
Read "Musings" CD/LP/Track Review Musings
by Budd Kopman
Published: June 22, 2016
Read "Blues, Preludes and Feuds" CD/LP/Track Review Blues, Preludes and Feuds
by Geannine Reid
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "New Shoots" CD/LP/Track Review New Shoots
by Mike Oppenheim
Published: March 10, 2016
Read "Things Are Looking Up" CD/LP/Track Review Things Are Looking Up
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 9, 2016
Read "Satori" CD/LP/Track Review Satori
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 1, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!