Purple Pyramid will release a collection of original rock-jazz fusion numbers entitled The Fusion Syndicate, on October 16th.
The album features performances by members of such fusion greats as: BILLY COBHAM, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, YELLOWJACKETS, and SPYRO GYRA, plus rock/prog players from: YES, DREAM THEATER, KING CRIMSON, TOOL, PORCUPINE TREE, HAWKWIND and more.
The track ‘Stone Cold Fusion’ can be heard at this location.
The album was composed, assembled and produced by Billy Sherwood (YES, TOTO).
Sherwood commented: “When I was asked to write and produce a fusion record I jumped at the chance. I’ve always had a deep love of Jazz and Fusion music having grown up listening to WEATHER REPORT, RETURN TO FOREVER, MAHAVISHNU among many others in the genre. The record has become a musical dream team, including some of the world’s most renowned players in the field. The music reflects a time when virtuosity was the standard and incredible musicianship was the order of the day – each artist sharing their talent and skill, blending it all into a bigger musical picture, creating an amazing expression of unity and purpose.”
Tracklisting is as follows:
- ‘Random Acts Of Science’ – Rick Wakeman (Yes), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Alan Holdsworth)
- ‘Stone Cold Infusion’ – Steve Stevens, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT), Mel Collins (King Crimson), Colin Edwin (PORCUPINE TREE), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
- ‘Molecular Breakdown’ – Jay Beckenstein (Spyro Gyra), Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), David Sancious (THE E STREET BAND)
- ‘Particle Accelerations’ – Larry Coryell, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Eric Marienthal (CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND), Chester Thompson (GENESIS, BRAND X)
- ‘At The Edge Of The Middle’ – Steve Morse (DIXIE DREGS), Jim Beard (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Randy Brecker (BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS), Percy Jones (SOFT MACHINE, Brand X)
- ‘Atom Smashing’ – John Etheridge (Soft Machine), Tony Kaye (Yes), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa)
- ‘In The Spirit Of…’ – Steve Hillage (GONG), Scott Kinsey (TRIBAL TECH), Theo Travis (STEVEN WILSON BAND), Justin Chancellor (TOOL), Asaf Sirkis (THE ORIENT HOUSE ENSEMBLE)