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Curt Cress


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.08 | 12 ratings

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3 stars Funky Fusion - that bores me to tears...

1976 was the year when many leading artists of the Jazz-Rock scene started to stray into Funk, Soul, Brass-Pop, etc. territory. Sadly, many of them got stuck there, having lost inspiration.

Curt Cress is an excellent drummer I've heard with Passport first and I was mightily impressed with his techniques, also with the rest of that band (then). He is held in very high repute in Germany and worldwide - and rightly so.

So what's on offer here by this excellent line-up? Funky Fusion that would be more at home in New York than in Germany, the home of Krautrock and exceptional Jazz-Rock that gives the British counterparts a good run for their money.

There is no doubt that CCC are familiar with Tony Williams Lifetime and Return To Forever as those influences are evident. But here it's a pared down, "lite" approach to those giants that's evident. Excellent musicianship anchored(?) onto simplistic tunes that emulate the weaker, less sophisticated moments of those peers. Pretty much "just having a fun" for the sake of it and it should have been kept private, just gathering dust in the vaults.

Well, I am not having much fun with this release. Indeed, it leaves me rather disappointed. Sure, if I was young and new to the scene I may find it somewhat engaging. (For Heaven;s sake I was once into Black Sabbath before "discovering" Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, etc.)

As is, my enjoyment here is barely 2, but as for the actual playing it would be 4, or 5 stars. Well, that leaves me to award a reluctant 3 all up, as this is not an album I'll listen to again. A classic case of "so near, yet so far".

BORA | 3/5 |


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