Alphonse Mouzon: Nitroglycerin
Alphonse Mouzon (drums)
Mind Transplant (EMI Europe)
Jay Graydon (guitar, programming), Lee Ritenour (guitar), Jerry Peters (keyboards), Henry Davis (bass).
Composed by Elvena Mouzon.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, December 1974
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
It is not surprising that Alphonse Mouzon's "Nitroglycerin" sounds like Larry Coryell's Eleventh House unit, Billy Cobham's Spectrum band and the Mahavishnu Orchestra all rolled into one. Mouzon was Eleventh House's drummer. Tommy Bolin was the wunderkind guitarist for Cobham and a great admirer of Coryell and John McLaughlin. Bolin almost mimics his Spectrum performance in the introductory section, weird special effects and all. He makes his guitar-player admiration clear in his first solo by playing a section à la Coryell and by virtually lifting, in tribute, several of McLaughlin's riffs later in the piece. Bolin could play! So could Mouzon. If there were any challengers to Billy Cobham's power fusion drumming crown in those days, it would have been Mouzon, who was just as "heavy" though not as dynamic. "Nitroglycerin" may be somewhat derivative, but it is still a first-class fusion rave-up. Even forgeries can be great works of art and complementary in some ways.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky