ARTIST: Will And Rainbow
Will Boulware (acoustic piano, Hammond B3 organ and synthesizer)
Will Lee (bass)
Steve Gadd (drums)
Peter Bernstein (guitar)
Jon Werking (synthesizers)
Michael Brecker (tenor saxphone)
Randy Brecker (trumpet)
Bob Berg (tenor saxophone)
Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York on January 15 and 16, 2002
Produced by Yasohachi "88" Itoh
Recorded and Mixed by David Baker
Assistant Engineers : Ross Petersen, Peter Doris and Naoto Tanemura
Mastering Engineer : Koji “C-chan” Suzuki / Sony Music Studio Tokyo
Coordinators : Kiyoko Murata and Akira Tanaka / Sound Wing Limited
The title of this album is Over Crystal Green, which has special significance. In 1976, at the height of the Fusion period, an album was released entitled Crystal Green by Rainbow featuring Will Boulware. Now, 26 years later, Will decided to record this album again with the intention to transcend Fusion and to pursue what the modern jazz sound could be and ought to be. He does not limit himself to traditional Fusion sounds. Rather, he features the excellent talents of his all-star band and thrills listeners with his limitless creativity.
Crystal Green, recorded in ’76, was a Fusion milestone. Players on the album included Michael Brecker (tenor sax) and Steve Gadd (drums). This happened before The Brecker Brothers and Stuff became well known. One could say that Will Boulware is one of the forefathers of New York Fusion.
There are West Coast and East Coast versions of Fusion. Early players of West Coast Fusion included Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour. Reflecting the aura of the environment in California, the music is upbeat and light. East Coast Fusion has rhythms and beats that are heavier, with fuller, weightier sounds influenced by Soul and R&B. Some of the players of East Coast Fusion include The Brecker Brothers, Stuff, and Steps Ahead.
Of the nine tracks, all excluding track 1 were arranged by Will Boulware. Track 1 was arranged by Jon Werking.
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