1977 masterpiece by international jazz band “Third Eye” featuring Jamaican saxophone legend Wilton Gaynair (1927-1995).
Four epic tracks filled with deep grooves, Latin/ African influences and stratospheric abstraction. Terrific mixture of modal, spiritual, bop and fusion, originally released as a vinyl LP in an edition of 600 copies only on the small label “ring records”, recorded from the master tapes. Mainly contains original material by Wilton Gaynair, played by Gerd Dudek (sax/ fl), Ali Haurand (b), Frank KÃ¶llges (dr/ perc), Rob van den Broeck (fender/synth) and Steve Boston (congas). Comes as 6-page-digipack CD and limited vinyl LP with original cover artwork and new sleeve notes.
“Third Eye” was formed in the Netherlands as a piano/ bass/ drums jazz trio and later expanded into an international band led by bassist Alfred “Ali” Haurand. The group played a terrific mix of modal jazz, spiritual jazz, bop and fusion. In 1976 they recorded their fiirst album simply entitled “Third Eye”. For this second album named “Connexion” and released the following year, Ali Haurand brought the Jamaican Jazzman Wilton Gaynair (1927-1995) into the band.
“Connexion” mainly contains original material by Wilton Gaynair and stands out as a landmark in the fields of European progressive jazz from the 1970s. The LP includes the excellent Latin/ Brazil fusion track “Ogetnom”, made famous by French DJ Cam on a long deleted Jazz Fusion Compilation from 1994. The band pursues a considered and planned format in jazz with four extended album tracks, that combine creative voices in both the writing and performing areas. Their music is inventive, intriguing, imaginative and well played.