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Eddie Henderson


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.61 | 38 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I became aware of this project by Eddie Henderson through of one of Logan's polls.Thankyou again Logan. I must admit I was surprised to see the lineup on this album, I mean it's the same "Mwandishi" band lineup that released 3 albums under Herbie Hancock's name. The only difference here is that Eddie is calling the shots, although both Hancock and Maupin composed tracks here as well. There's no question the style of music here is of the same spirit as those 3 "Mwandishi" albums, plus throw in a Miles Davis flavour and you can imagine how good this is. I should mention that drummer Lenny White is the only non-Mwandishi member playing on this record. Man this is adventerous music though. Pat Gleeson with his crazy synth work along with Henderson and Maupin blasting away on their horns. Herbie adds electric piano, clavinet and organ.The drumming is outstanding and the bass is right in your face at all times.

"Scorpio-Libra" opens with cymbals, bass and keyboards as horns blow over top.The sound becomes pretty intense. Check out the drums and bass 6 minutes in. Spacey synths end it. This music is so hard to describe because it's ever changing as different instruments come and go. "Mars In Libra" opens with chunky bass, drums and horns standing out. Check out Maupin and Henderson going at it. So much going on here. How intense is this 3 minutes in. Synths follow.

"Anua" is the first non-Henderson composition.This was created by Maupin. It's laid back to start and takes a while to get going. Flute here too. Horns and synths eventually change this mood. Piano comes to the fore 4 1/2 minutes in. The synths are crazy. It turns back to that laid back sound to end it. Cool tune. "Spiritual Awakening" is a short 2 1/2 minute tune that is spacey with horns coming in later. "Revelation Realization" is Herbie's composition. Horns, bass, drums and spacey synths lead the way. A spacey calm settles in around 5 minutes and stays to the end.

Easily 4 stars.The more I concentrate on this music the more impressed I get.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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