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Tony Williams (Drums)/The Tony Williams Lifetime (Drums): Turn It Over

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (9/17/70, p.44) - "...Tony's monster drumming...is first-rate always....an album with a lot of good music..."

Album Notes

Tony Williams Lifetime: Tony Williams (vocals, drums); John McLaughlin (vocals, guitar); Jack Bruce (vocals, bass); Larry Young (organ).

Producers: Monte Kay, Jack Lewis, Tony Williams.

Recorded at Olmstead Sound Studios, New York, New York in 1970. Originally released on Polydor

TURN IT OVER is almost like an experimental rock album (think WHITE LIGHT, WHITE HEAT) rather than the other way around. Unusual for virtuosic jazz fusion, the second release by the Tony Williams Lifetime tamps down the dazzling John McLaughlin solos a little bit while it still bristles with scorching electricity. The unsung hero here is organist Larry Young whose haunted house style saturates the entire LP, matched only by Williams's creepy deadpan vocals, especially on the bossa nova classic "Once I Loved." And inviting a bonafide rock musician like bassist Jack Bruce on board was one more answer to the continuing dilemma in jazz as it faced the rock revolution.


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