10 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Spectrum Road is a rare thing: a tribute band with an all-star lineup. The quartet features legendary bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce, Living Colour guitar-slinger Vernon Reid, keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, and veteran drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, who also sings. The group plays the music of the Tony Williams Lifetime, a groundbreaking jazz-rock outfit led by extraordinary drummer Tony Williams, who as a teenager played drums in Miles Davis’ famous '60s quintet. Bruce was a member of an early version of Lifetime, and his bass playing and singing on Spectrum Road’s self-titled debut is as exciting as ever. Reid shreds madly throughout the album and should bring a smile to any fan of guitar pyrotechnics. Medeski sticks to organ and Mellotron, evoking the vibe of the late '60s and '70s, while Blackman Santana drives this powerhouse band with complete command. Standout cuts include “One Word,” which features Bruce’s stunning vocals, and a version of the traditional “An T-Eilan Muileach” that finds the band operating in a loose-limbed psych mode.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Spectrum Road is a rare thing: a tribute band with an all-star lineup. The quartet features legendary bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce, Living Colour guitar-slinger Vernon Reid, keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, and veteran drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, who also sings. The group plays the music of the Tony Williams Lifetime, a groundbreaking jazz-rock outfit led by extraordinary drummer Tony Williams, who as a teenager played drums in Miles Davis’ famous '60s quintet. Bruce was a member of an early version of Lifetime, and his bass playing and singing on Spectrum Road’s self-titled debut is as exciting as ever. Reid shreds madly throughout the album and should bring a smile to any fan of guitar pyrotechnics. Medeski sticks to organ and Mellotron, evoking the vibe of the late '60s and '70s, while Blackman Santana drives this powerhouse band with complete command. Standout cuts include “One Word,” which features Bruce’s stunning vocals, and a version of the traditional “An T-Eilan Muileach” that finds the band operating in a loose-limbed psych mode.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

aronson ,

Oh my...

Simply transcendent.

Hoosier Sparky ,

Spectrum Road

A true Jazz-Rock Supergroup...these have to be four of the greatest musicians in the world! Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski, and Cindy Blackman-Santana create an awesome musical force who play music unlike anything today! They play music grounded in their love for each other as well as for the music itself. And (as Charles Mingus said) they "make the complicated simple...awesomely simple...and that is creativity!" Their live concert in New York City was a once-in-a-lifetime experience...and THIS album is an opportunity to hear them again..and belongs in every great music collection!

Bologna Ragu ,

Very fun Album

Totally worth checking out. Really grows on ya -