(All Album Reviews by Phil Jackson)
It’s amazing to think that this album has never been released in the UK on CD before. Liner writer Jon Wright prefers some of the live cuts in this concert to the studio ones and you can hear why on “Ghost Machine” with its faster paced delivery and a supercharged guitar break from Al Di Meola to a very appreciative audience. It is an unusual live concert interspersing electronic, spacey, percussive interludes with substantial pieces like “Time is Here” where Steve Winwood revels in the soulful, funky musical exchanges, extemporising brilliantly (as indeed he did with Blind Faith). “Solitude” reminds the listener what a great ear for music Stomu has amidst all the jazz fusion and experimentation while “Man of Leo” is given an extensive workout over 15 minutes on which once again Al Di Meola excels and takes advantage of the space offered by live performance.
Of course the combination of famous musicians like Yamash’ta, Winwood, Schultze, Shrieve and Di Meola will excite Progressive Ears readers and they won’t be disappointed by this phenomenal live show.