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