20 June 2006
EDDIE RUSS - SEE THE LIGHT
A great piece of funky fusion from 1976 this was always in demand back in the day for the latin syled jazz dancer "Zaius".Hammered by DJs like Chris Bangs in the early 80s I remember bustin' a gut to this tune on the dance floor most saturday nights down at the Exeter Bowl in Bournemouth.Over the years it slipped back into obscurity but finally got a re issue quite a few years ago(not too sure of its official status as its now on a red Columbia label instead of the original Monument - did CBS own the masters ?)but has still never made it to cd.
Kirk De Giorgio wrote this about it in a review at his superb Hall of Fame web site which has now resurfaced at
A 6 track album from Detroit organ player Eddie Russ recorded at United Sound Studios - home to George Clinton's experiments at the ime and it sounds like Bernie Worrell left behind some of his key boards because it's a heavily electronic album with plenty of squelching ARP basslines and those trademark Solina strings are all over every track.Every track is a winner - even the blazenly disco fillers such a Stop It Now and the Herbie-ish Poko Nose which were even issued on a very rare and now sought-after Monument 12 inch.The laid back Salem Avenue features wonderful sax work from Detroit's Larry Nozero and that other Detroit stalwart Marcus Belgrave is also present on trumpet.The album is best known for its two jazz dance-floor classics See the Light and Zauis. See the Light is a tight and funky cover of the Earth, Wind & Fire tune which starts out in fast, epic style before easing down a gear and rolling out into a superb slice of fusion. Zauis is still a floor-filler today - its latin-style rhythm under-pinning multiple layers of synth work, horns and two astonishing rhodes and synth solo's that build and build to a climax before alternating guitar and sax solos take us home.The uplifting Tomorrow Is Another Day completes a fusion classic
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