Alphonse Mouzon – Mind Transplant (1975/1999)

Alphonse Mouzon - Mind Transplant (1975/1999)
Artist: Alphonse Mouzon
Album: Mind Transplant
Genre: Jazz Fusion
Origin: USA
Released: 1975/1999
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Mind Transplant [04:06]
Snow Bound [03:04]
Carbon Dioxide [04:37]
Ascorbic Acid [03:27]
Happiness Is Loving You [04:08]
Some Of The Things People Do [03:39]
Golden Rainbows [06:53]
Nitroglycerin [03:08]
The Real Thing [19:59]

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Drummers Alphonse Mouzon and Billy Cobham led almost parallel careers during the 1970s and helped to raise the bar by which all subsequent drummers were to be judged. They were both in legendary fusion bands (Mouzon in Weather Report and Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House and Cobham in Dreams and the Mahavishnu Orchestra), both led their own successful bands, both reinvented jazz-rock drumming, and both released one classic, genre-defining recording. Cobham’s classic was Spectrum, a recording that is regularly considered as one of the genre’s best. This, Mind Transplant, is Mouzon’s classic recording that is often hailed as “Spectrum II.” The common thread, besides the aggressive drumming, is guitarist Tommy Bolin. Where Cobham used Bolin’s aggressive playing as a counterpoint to Jan Hammer, Mouzon features the guitarist as the primary attraction. The tunes themselves may not be as memorable as, say, “Red Baron” or “Stratus,” but the playing is no less inspired. Mouzon and Bolin are a natural fit and push themselves to levels of creativity and skill that few can attain. Raw and powerful, the music herein is what made fusion such a viable musical style. This recording has never been as popular as Spectrum, but was finally released on CD in 1993 with the addition of the 15-minute jam session “The Real Thing.” Easily one of the best fusion recordings of all time.
Review by Robert Taylor