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Meeting of the Spirits: A Celebration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra

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Meeting of the Spirits: A Celebration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra
Meeting of the Spirits: A Celebration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra


'Meeting Of The Spirits' is a live recording of an exciting, original project commissioned by one of Germany's leading big bands, the HR Big Band. Arranging the music of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra for a big band required a very special arranger and the British arranger and composer Colin Towns, who has also done the same for the music of Frank Zappa, perfectly fills the role. Underpinning the whole venture is the master drummer, jazz legend and founder member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham.

Colin Towns has managed to retain the wild energy, breakneck virtuosity and Indian-inspired mysticism of the original music while also taking it to a new level by merging and enriching it with the orchestral possibilities of a large ensemble. His use of tonal colour is highly effective, underlining his masterful sense of dramatic tone and form. Billy Cobham adds rhythmic authenticity and drive to the project with his unmistakeable voice and the melodic richness of his playing. And the HR Big Band under the direction of Towns whole-heartedly succeeds in capturing the explosive spirituality of McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Personnel: Billy Cobham (drums), Heinz Dieter Sauerborn (alto sax, flute), Oliver Leicht (alto & soprano sax, flute), Harry Petersen (tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Johannes Enders (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Rainer Heute (bass saxophone, bass clarinet), Tobias Weidinger, Martin Auer, Thomas Vogel, Axel Schlosser (trumpet, flugelhorn), Günter Bollmann, Peter Feil, Christian Jaksjö, Manfred Honetschläger (trombone), Martin Scales (guitar), Peter Reiter (piano, fender Rhodes, keyboards), Thomas Heidepriem (bass)


  1. Name
  2. Hope
  3. Birds Of Fire
  4. Miles Beyond
  5. Resolution
  6. Cosmic Strut
  7. Dawn
  8. Eterntys Breath 1 & 2
  9. Sanctuary
  10. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
  11. You Know, You Know
  12. One Word
  13. Meeting Of The Spirits
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