Drummer/multi-instrumentalist Alphonse Mouzon was one of the unsung heroes of the seventies fusion/rock scene. Better known as a drummer, and a damn good one at that, in those days, he employed the services of guitarists Lee Ritenour and Tommy Bolin (who also worked on Billy Cobham's groundbreaking "Spectrum" album the same year. Bolin, as we all know, apart from being one of music's best ever guitarists, featured with Zephyr, The James Gang, Energy, Deep Purple, etc). Anyway, Mouzon's ''Mind Transplant", which was finally released on CD a few years ago, contains some of the finest drumming you're ever likely to hear. It's also considered by many to be a milestone in the fusion/rock genre. Joining Mouzon, Rit and Bolin were Jay Graydon on guitar, Henry Davis on bass and Jerry Peters on keys. Original copies of the album, originally released on Blue Note Records, fetch sizeable sums at record fairs. Mouzon, in the meantime, tried his hand at disco and funk (Poussez,etc) in the late seventies, eventually becoming firmly entrenched in jazz as a multi-instrumentalist in the late seventies/eighties. He formed his own record label (Tenacious Records) and has recorded many solo albums to date. His drumming is rivalled only by his prowess on the keyboards. He's a seriously talented individual, and he certainly deserves a mention alongside the Lenny White's, Billy Cobham's, Omar Hakim's, etc of the world. One of his earlier bands was Eleventh House, talking of which.......
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