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THE FOWLER BROTHERS (AIR POCKET)

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The Fowler Brothers are the sons of music educator William Fowler. They are extremely versatile musicians who have collectively appeared on a huge number of albums for a very wide array of artists. Brothers Bruce (trombone), Tom (bass) and Walt (trumpet) may be the best known of the family, having played with Frank Zappa on a number of albums and tours. The other brothers are Steve (sax, flute) and Ed (bass, keyboards). While they only recorded one official album as The Fowler Brothers, the same essential group has released an album under the name Air Pocket, and under the individual names of the brothers.

Other frequent members of the band are Albert Wing and Kurt McGettrick (Zappa), Mike Miller (Chick Corea Elektrik Band) and Chester Thompson (Genesis, Zappa).

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Fly On
1976
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Breakfast For Dinosaurs
1988
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The Last Blue Sky (Steve Fowler)
1991
4.00 | 1 ratings
Entropy (Bruce Fowler)
1993

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 Fly On by FOWLER BROTHERS (AIR POCKET) ,THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Fly On
The Fowler Brothers (Air Pocket) Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars Not long after three of the talented Fowler family (Bruce on trombone, Walt on trumpet, and Tom on bass) became well known for their stints in Frank Zappa's (arguably) best lineup, the entire Fowler Brothers group got together with a few extra musicians (including Chester Thompson) and recorded this album under the band name Air Pocket.

The music style falls somewhere in between fusion and big band jazz, and producer Oliver Nelson (you jazz fans should know his name) keeps the sound smooth and clean. The songs are designed to let the Fowlers loose on solos. Bruce, to my ears, has always been the best of the brothers, and his trombone solos are my favorites on the album.

The Zappa influences are allowed to seep through at times as well, especially in Ho-Lo Redic, where the odd timings and riffs just have to be a nod to Uncle Frank. Another highlight is Easy To Say, a funky tune that gets very frenetic toward the end.

Although the sound is sometimes a bit dated, this is still a pretty good album.

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 The Last Blue Sky (Steve Fowler) by FOWLER BROTHERS (AIR POCKET) ,THE album cover Studio Album, 1991
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The Last Blue Sky (Steve Fowler)
The Fowler Brothers (Air Pocket) Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars Steve Fowler is one of the two Fowler brothers (the other was Ed) to not appear on a Frank Zappa album. But from this release, I wonder why this was so. Here, Steve shows to be every bit as talented as his brothers. Perhaps Frank didn't have much use for flute in his compositions.

With all but two of the tracks written by Steve, the music on this album is primarily fusion, unlike the more big band oriented released under brother Bruce's and The Fowler Brothers monnikers. And the fusion is quite good. While using the flute as the primary instrument can often cause a bit too much lightness, Steve manages to curtail this by having quite a few interesting twists and turns to his music.

However good his compositions are, the best songs on the album were written by other brothers. Ed contributed In The Drums, a song that seems like it's going to be a simple samba, except it kepps veering into Zappa-like interludes. And Bruce wrote, May I See Your Cotangent Bundle, Please, which features Ed Mann on percussion.

Zappaphiles should note that aside from Fowlers Bruce, Walt and Tom, the album also features Chester Thompson on drums and Albert Wing on tenor sax. Mike Miller, who played with many Zappa alumni in Banned From Utopia, is also on this album.

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 Entropy (Bruce Fowler) by FOWLER BROTHERS (AIR POCKET) ,THE album cover Studio Album, 1993
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Entropy (Bruce Fowler)
The Fowler Brothers (Air Pocket) Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars Of all the Fowler brothers, trombonist Bruce may be the most talented. Aside from the many Zappa albums he has appeared on, I have seen and heard him with many other jazz groups, and he always plays spectacularly.

This album, under Bruce's name, has essentially the same musicians as most of the Fowler's albums: four of the five brothers, Bruce (of course), Tom, Walt, and Steve (Ed must have been busy), along with fellow Zappa alumni Albert Wing, Kurt McGettrick and Chester Thompson, plus a few other guests.

The music, while mostly big band be-bop, does have some hints fusion as well. While using acoustic instruments, the music is innovative enough to please this fusion fanatic. The opener, Canon De Chelly has a sound that reminds me of some of Michael Mantler or Carla Bley's pieces. The Rat, with some funny vocals spoken by Bruce, is a quirky lumbering piece, driven by brother Tom's cool acoustic bass. Bullin' is another high point, a rousing large ensemble piece. All the songs have fantastic solos, mostly Bruce's trombone, but Walt's trumpet adds some highlights as well.

Special mention needs to be made for a cover of Miles Davis' Seven Steps To Heaven, where Bruce replaces Miles' trumpet with some burning trombone licks.

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