Time and Chance

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As strong as Caldera and Sky Islands were, neither album made Caldera a big name in the jazz-fusion world; nor did the band's third album, Time and Chance. Quite possibly, a lot of the fusion lovers who were craving Return to Forever, Weather Report, and Al DiMeola in the 1970s would have appreciated Caldera as well if they had been exposed to their music. But the band never caught on and only had a very small following. You can't blame that on Caldera's material, for the writing of Jorge Strunz and Eduardo del Barrio is excellent on this LP. The band's imaginative nature is hard to miss on instrumentals that range from the flamenco-influenced "Mosaico" and the optimistic "Revivisence" to the Al Di Meola-ish "Horizon's End." Dianne Reeves contributes wordless background vocals on "Shanti," a Brazilian-influenced number that was written and produced by Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn. Most of the production, however, was handled by Strunz and del Barrio. Regrettably, Time and Chance has yet to be reissued on CD, so if you come across a copy somewhere, grab it immediately.