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Friday, July 23, 2010

Momentum, USA

Momentum - Introducing Brad Carlton.1980 J.B.C. Records
Momentum - Scintillation. 1983 J.B.C. Records

"Scintillation" is a pleasant surprise given the late date. Excellent guitar fronted fusion with loud, almost psychedelic leads - very much at odds with most 1983 recordings. One beautiful flute driven piece as well. A couple of funky sax laden tracks to sit through, but both contain fine melodies to offset the trendiness.

According to longtime Gnosis collaborator Bogdan, Momentum apparently has a debut album from 1980. Thanks for the info!

(5/29/14 update): And a special thanks again to MM, who provided us with the Scintillation album, we now have a copy of Momentum's debut that Bogdan mentions above. And it becomes clearer why these albums have such a strong guitar presence. Brad Carlton is indeed that player, and he is also a guitar teacher (in fact he has a nice set of instructional videos on YouTube that budding guitarists can learn from). I personally really appreciate Carlton's tones, giving both of Momentum's albums a strong mid 70s feel. Once again, there is some dated early 80s styled funk jazz to sit through, but one is never too far away from another cool biting fuzz guitar solo. There's some nice piano work too. Both come highly recommended for fusion fans.

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1 comment:

esoterico said...

"Scintillation" is their second album. Their first, is S/T, from 1980.

cheers

bogdan