Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Caldera's "Sky Islands" also reappears today on the "Jazz 999 Forecast" series

Besides Raul de Souza's two CDs, the Jazz 999 Forecast series released today by EMI Music Japan also includes titles by Eddie Henderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Earl Klugh, George Duke, Gary Bartz, Eloise Laws and The Fouth Way, among other acts.

But the rarest item is Caldera's "Sky Islands," arguably the masterpiece recorded by the cult LA-based group led by the Argentinian keyboardist-arranger-composer Eduardo del Barrio (aka Eddie Del Barrio), better known for the songs he wrote for Earth Wind & Fire, including their mega-hit "Fantasy." "Sky Islands" was the second of four albums that Caldera recorded for Capitol between 1975 and 1979. Originally released in 1977, features the then-newcomer vocalist Dianne Reeves on two tracks, with the group line-up consisting of Eduardo del Barrio (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, Moog, Roland & Oberheim Polyphonic synths), Jorge Strunz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion), Steve Tavaglione (flutes & saxophones), the late Carlos Vega (drums), Dean Cortez (electric bass), Hector Andrade (timbales, congas, percussion), and the Brazilian musician Mike "Baiano" Azevedo (congas, percussion), who wrote the last track, "Pescador."

The list of special guests includes keyboardist Larry Dunn, drummers Chester Thompson and Ralph Humphrey, flugelhorn master Ralph Rickert, percussionist Ray Armando (where are you now, Ray?) and a string section arranged & conducted by Eduardo's brother George Del Barrio.

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