CD Cloud About Mercury (CD 247143), Audio Other
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Cloud About Mercury

  • 1. Suyafhu Skin...Snapping the Hollow Reed
    2. Mercury Grid, The
    3. 3 Minutes of Pure Entertainment
    4. Previous Man
    5. Network Of Sparks / The Delicate Code
    6. Eggs Learn To Walk / Suyafhu Seal
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 831 108

  • Credits
    ProducerManfred Eicher
    EngineerAndy Jackson

    Personnel: David Torn (acoustic & electric guitars); Mark Isham (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizer); Tony Levin (Chapman stick, synthesizer bass); Bill Bruford (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at Audio International, London, England in March 1986.
    This 1987 production signifies experimental guitarist David Torn's second effort for Germany-based ECM Records. Here, the artist exhibits a sound, style, and methodology that are clearly his own, amid superb support by Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Levin (Chapman Stick/bass), and Mark Isham (trumpets). Torn generates gobs of excitement via his cunningly articulated phraseology, while also incorporating North African and East Indian modal concepts into these power-packed performances, fabricated upon climactic opuses and steamy crescendos. The guitarist's rippling harmonics and off-kilter voicings make for an engaging listening experience, especially when he trades sprightly fours with Isham atop the often-circuitous rhythms. Simply put, Cloud About Mercury looms as one of the finest jazz fusion dates of the '80s, and should be deemed a mandatory purchase for aficionados of this genre. ~ Glenn Astarita

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