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classic British fusion from the 70s,
This review is from: Turning Point - Creatures of the Night & Silent Promise (Audio CD)
I've had these two albums on the original LPs since they were new. I like following up connections in music so here you've got Jeff Clyne and Brian Miller who'd played in Isotope with Gary Boyle, who'd been in Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind..... Well, you get the idea.
This music is sometimes described as jazz-rock. It certainly has some jazz sensibilities and the band get some good grooves going on some of these tracks - The Journey and Better Days for example. But for me, the wordless singing (somehow "scat" doesn't quite do it justice) of Pepe Lemer adds a whole different dimension. Something that you might also get from the music of Azimuth (with Norma Winstone's peerless vocals) around the same time. I reckon this sends it some way in the direction of the style of European jazz-influenced music that we're now so familiar with on the ECM label. Much more solid rhythms from this band though with Jeff Clyne's bass and Paul Robinson's drumming really sticking everything together.
I've dug out these albums after them lying dormant for a few years and the music sounds just as great as it did when I first bought them.