Musically, the track follows in much the same vein as its predecessor. While I readily acknowledge the admirable bravery shown by Gillan and friends when it comes to "Clear air turbulence", I am afraid the album leaves me cold. There is no doubting the proficiency of the musicianship, the quality of the production, and the all round talent which has gone into the project. This is simply a case though when the resultant product simply is not to my taste. This may be due to the fact that rather than exploiting the strengths of the principal genres the album simply falls somewhere between them.
I must admit though that the over jazz and funk influences are the most likely reason for my disappointment. After the excellent opening title track where the brass section is caught in the sludge at first but gradually emerges at the endcomes another slightly jazzy Five Moons, but this time quite slow. The rockier Money Lender is obviously a shot at the leaches surrounding the group, whether service providers or eternal deadbeats, and without its middle jazzier section, this track could've found its place on a Purple album.
Note that in concert, this track is strongly expanded as is the title track. One of the most bizarre tune on this album is the ultra-funky and percussion-laden Goodhand Liza, and it is followed by the Latino Manchenio, developing a South American feel and some very fusionesque soloing midway through the track. Santana's mid's is not far away from this. Certainly IGB's better album, it is also their proggiest by far and despite Gillan's singing on every track, it can safely be recommended to most fusion fans.
It's a little sad that IGB could never duplicate or confirm this effort, though. Naturally I was quite shocked to hear all the brass and jazz soaked music. Probably one of my earliest experiences of jazz infused prog,maybe Cat Steven's Foreigner the first or Osibisa, but the title track was extremely satisfying music to hear that left me wanting more of the same.
Most prog heads will agree that awesome prog is that good that Night And Day - Ian Gillan Band - Clear Air Turbulence (CD) a shopping mall fire alarm would not get your attention or even a beautiful woman.
But the second side of Clear Air Turbulence left me looking elsewhere and it's shortcommings whilst still very good like " Over The Hill" it just did not deliver the same set of consistency. The dangers of Vinyl I guess and Night And Day - Ian Gillan Band - Clear Air Turbulence (CD) excuse to look around. Needless to say I did not buy the album but was glad to tape it from a friend and have enjoyed it over the years. It does show Ian Gillan at his diverse best, it also shows that collaborations as far back as with the likes of Ray Fenwick make one realize how gifted these musicians were.
Night And Day - Ian Gillan Band - Clear Air Turbulence (CD) very good album. Three and a half stars. Ian Gillan, what a guy! Who the hell expected jazz fusion from a Deep Purple member? Okay, there was Tommy Bolin, but Night And Day - Ian Gillan Band - Clear Air Turbulence (CD) singer? And not any singer, the one and only Ian Gillan. This is just so unexpected that it'll either please or annoy people.
Myself, I'm very pleased with this very original effort. It's not A-class jazz fusion, but all the musicians on board know how to play their instruments and Ian Gillan's vocal performance couldn't be more varied and in better shape.
Ray Fenwick, the guitarist, impersonates Ritchie's soloing in bits while John Gustafson delivers simple though funky bass lines throughout. The drumming is good and Colin Towns' keyboards are a great part of this album, delivering some ambiences as well as splendid synth solos that are not your typical Fusion synth solos.
The compositions, while not anything out-of-this world nor very complex, they hold the listeners attention with interesting change of paces and memorable solos, Night And Day - Ian Gillan Band - Clear Air Turbulence (CD) it's mainly Gillan's astounding voice that takes your attention.
In the title track the vocals are well in the Purple-style with power and kind-of bluesy, though in 'Money Lender', a half-rocker, half-fusion, Ian delivers one of his most impressive screams.
On 'Five Moons' however, he delivers one of his most sweet and beautiful performances, definitely my favorite song from this album, since besides the vocal performance there's a really nice guitar solo and a powerful and well-fitting sax. The Ian Gillan Band leaves the best for the end though, 'Angel Manchenio' with a wonderful 2 minute instrumental introduction and the cherry on top of the cake would be the highly original synth solo from Colin.
In the end, 'Clear Air Turbulence' is an original, though by no means complex or very inventive, jazz fusion record with a splendid twist, that being having one hell of a vocalist leading the compositions. While the title track rolls along like a fizzling livewirespewing out frizzy axe splashes and fussy singing by the Montreux manwelded together by some solid bass and drum work, the sloppy "Five Moons" is just an excuse for a savage sax blowout from Phil Kersie.
The results are satisfying only because the track has been fleshed out by some zany soloing. And what do you get? A cool song. Darn, I mentioned the Latino guitar phenomenon and TADDAAH on "Goodhand Liza", the band proposes something akin to the Journey debut album, when Gregg Rollie was still in charge and still carrying the Santana aroma with himbuilding a brash, spicy and polyrhythmic stew led by Gustafson's hectic bass.
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