Cloud About Mercury

Cloud About Mercury

by David Torn


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Cloud About Mercury

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2001
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0042283110823
catalogNumber: 831108
Rank: 87917

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Torn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Mark Isham   Synthesizer,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Track Performer,Piccolo Trumpet
Bill Bruford   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Track Performer,Synthesizer Drums
Tony Levin   Synthesizer,Track Performer,Synthesizer Bass,Chapman Stick

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer,Simmons
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Andy Jackson   Engineer
Jan Erik Kongshaug   Engineer
Tony Levin   Composer
Dieter Rehm   Cover Design

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