Various Artists - "Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute to The Mahavishnu Orchestra" (Tone Center 2005, TC 40402)
From Aural Innovations #32 (November 2005)
This is an amazing tribute CD to Mahavishnu Orchestra, who were the kings of jazz-rock-fusion in the 70's. The music here was all arranged by guitarist Jeff Richman and he is joined together with Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums), Kai Eckhardt (Bass), and Mitch Foreman (organ). Like the Miles tribute, they have brought in some amazing guitar players like Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Steve Morse, Greg Howe, Steve Lukather, Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Dave Fiuczynski and John Abercrombie. I have no idea how Jeff decided on which guitarist he wanted to play on his arrangement of the classic tracks but they are all great. Buy this CD and it is like getting a best of Mahavishnu Orchestra CD but with a fresh fire burning under it, with lots of hot playing..
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Reviewed by Scott Heller