Jeremy Steig

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One of the early pioneers of fusion, flutist Jeremy Steig often gets a bit overlooked in jazz history books because he did not record much for major labels. This particular CD reissue, which was originally titled "Fusion," is an excellent showcase for this artist, who is heard on the regular flute, an alto flute, a bass flute, and a piccolo. He is joined by keyboardist Jan Hammer, electric bassist Gene Perla (replaced by Eddie Gomez on two numbers), and drummer/percussionist Don Alias. They perform 12 diverse Steig originals (some of which were co-written with Hammer) and one tune by the keyboardist, music that straddle the boundaries between early fusion, post-bop, blues, and swinging jazz. Steig is heard throughout in prime form on this somewhat scarce budget release of material originally cut for the Groove Merchant label.

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