As we all now know Tony Williams Lifetime with John Mclaughlin, Larry Young & Jack Bruce invented Jazz Rock fusion 6 months before Miles Davis Bitches Brew, and their influence can still be felt today, despite only releasing 2 albums (Emergency & Turn it Over, and the single One Word).
When Jack Bruce said any chance of a Cream reunion was over and he had a new supergroup project, we did not know he'd be revisiting his Lifetime career. Joined by Vernon Reid of Living Colour on blistering guitar, the amazing Cindy Blackman on drums and jazz keyboard great John Madeski filling the late, great Larry Young's role, they recreate the Turn It Over period Lifetime with a fidelity not possibly in 1970, and a fidelity totally missing on the original albums. This is fusion at its freshest and most inventive,truly inventive jazz played with rock instrumentation.
A great band and great introduction to the Lifetime legacy for a new audience. Catch them playing at the major European Jazz Festivals this summer.
( It is also well worth searching out Trio Beyond by Schofield/DeJohnette/Goldings paying tribute to the Emergency album, and Allan Holdsworth's Blues for Tony, a tribute to the final late 70s Lifetime line up)