Alphonse Mouzon: Nitroglycerin




Alphonse Mouzon (drums)


Mind Transplant (EMI Europe)

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Alphonse Mouzon (drums), Tommy Bolin (guitar),

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 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

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