Michel Cusson

The Wild Unit

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Although on the Avant-Garde label, this is a fusion date showcasing Michel Cusson on guitars and guitar synthesizer. The instrumental music is quite rock-oriented and the Canadian musicians perform with reasonable creativity within an idiom that had been largely discarded in the United States by the early 1990s. Although altoist Alain Labrosse (whose tone is sometimes similar to David Sanborn's) has a few intense solos and the rhythm section is forceful, Cusson is the main star throughout. Some of the music is bluish and funkier than 1970s fusion but in general this CD is most highly recommended to fans of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever. There is certainly no shortage of spirit or passion during this set.

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