Vinnie Colaiuta: Bruce Lee
Vinnie Colaiuta (drums, keyboards)
Vinnie Colaiuta (Stretch Records STD 1110)
Vinnie Colaiuta (drums, keyboards),
Ron Moss (trombone), Michael Landau (guitar).
Composed by Vinnie Colaiuta.
Recorded: July 1994
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Über-drummer Vinnie Colaiuta proves to be quite the well-rounded musician on "Bruce Lee." He is heard on drums, keyboards and synthesizers. The first quarter of the tune has an up-tempo Weather Reportish vibe to it. Abruptly the tune becomes symphonic. Desperate voices are heard. Dramatic chords are struck over threatening drum volleys. What a powerhouse! This section is reminiscent of something you might have heard on Mahavishnu's Apocalypse with the London Symphony Orchestra. But it is mostly Colaiuta. The engaging multilayered composition reels you in. The tune ends strangely but pleasantly with a sound epilogue of an electric razor and a forlorn trombone. (Don't ask.)
Music is more than a showcase for technical prowess. It is the rare jazz-rock drummer who can write music that is interesting outside of his impressive drumming capabilities. For instance, Billy Cobham could do it sometimes. So can Vinnie Colaiuta. On "Bruce Lee" and other tunes from this fine recording, the drummer has "martialed" all of his talents to create one damn Black Belt project.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky