Tribe/Tales Of The Exonerated Flea (2CD)
Blow out price on this German 2CD reissue that includes both albums by this masterful drummer.
Tribe is the first solo album from jazz drummer Horacee Arnold, originally released by CBS in 1973. Its a very different sort of an album from the legendary follow up, Tales Of The Exonerated Flea. In and of itself it quite a fine album. Its an acoustic based album, firmly fitting in the modal jazz direction. Plenty of firepower here - Joe Farrell (flute, saxes), Ralph Towner (12 string guitar), David Friedman (vibes, turned percussion), Ralph MacDonald (latin percussion), George Mraz (bass), and Bill Harper (tenor sax). Some serious blowing and virtuosity - just don't expect the plugged in fusion of Flea.
Tales Of The Exonerated Flea is a somewhat obscure but simply unbelievably great fusion masterpiece. Horacee Arnold is a noted percussionist who worked (and still works) in the jazz arena beginning in the 50s. In 1974 he cut this fusion epic with a stellar cast of performers. Check out this lineup:
Horacee Arnold - drums, tymps and percussion
Jan Hammer - Moog synthesizer, electric and acoustic piano
Rick Laird - bass
David Friedman - vibes and bass marimba
Ralph Towner - 12 string guitar
Dom Um Romao - percussion
Art Webb - flute and alto flute
Sonny Fortune - soprano sax and flute
John Abercrombie - electric guitar
George Mraz - bass
Clint Huston - bass
Dave Johnson - percussion and congas
So in essence think Mahavishnu Orchestra with John Abercrombie subbing for John McLaughlin with members of Weather Report and the fusion community guesting. Jan Hammer blows the joint apart with some of his most incendiary Moog work ever. Long tracks filed with dynamic interplay between guitar, keys and flute and percussion. Masterful music masterfully played.