Eddie Russ

See the Light

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Recorded at Detroit's United Sound Studios -- the petri dish where George Clinton concocted his most mind-boggling Funkadelic outings -- Eddie Russ' fusion cult classic See the Light operates on a cosmic wavelength all its own, embracing otherworldly synthesizers, squelching basslines, and orchestral electronics to create a shimmering jazz-funk-disco hybrid that eludes simple genre definition. Supported by Motor City stalwarts including trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist Larry Nozero, Russ channels the keyboard wizardry of Herbie Hancock and Lonnie Liston Smith, but for all its astral aspirations, the music is surprisingly street-smart as well. The title cut is an epic rendition of the Earth, Wind & Fire song, and "Zauis" courts the dancefloor via Latin-inspired rhythms and breathtaking solos that build to an orgasmic climax. [See the Light was reissued on CD in 2008 as part of a Soul Brother two-fer alongside its follow-up, Take a Look at Yourself.]

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