Cloud About Mercury
Bill Bruford, David Torn, Mark Isham & Tony Levin
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||Suyafhu Skin... Snapping the Hollow Reed||Bill Bruford, David Torn, Mark Isham & Tony Levin||8:21||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||The Mercury Grid||Bill Bruford, David Torn, Mark Isham & Tony Levin||6:33||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||3 Minutes of Pure Entertainment||Bill Bruford, David Torn, Mark Isham & Tony Levin||7:10||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Previous Man||Bill Bruford, David Torn, Mark Isham & Tony Levin||7:55||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Network of Sparks: The Delicate Code||Bill Bruford, David Torn, Mark Isham & Tony Levin||4:52||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Network of Sparks: Egg Learns to Walk - ... Suyafhu Seal||Bill Bruford, David Torn, Mark Isham & Tony Levin||10:27||Album Only||View in iTunes|
This 1987 production signifies experimental guitarist David Torn's second effort for Germany-based ECM Records. Here, the artist exhibits a sound, style, and methodology that are clearly his own, amid superb support by Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Levin (Chapman Stick/bass), and Mark Isham (trumpets). Torn generates gobs of excitement via his cunningly articulated phraseology, while also incorporating North African and East Indian modal concepts into these power-packed performances, fabricated upon climactic opuses and steamy crescendos. The guitarist's rippling harmonics and off-kilter voicings make for an engaging listening experience, especially when he trades sprightly fours with Isham atop the often-circuitous rhythms. Simply put, Cloud About Mercury looms as one of the finest jazz fusion dates of the '80s, and should be deemed a mandatory purchase for aficionados of this genre.
Born: 17 May 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s