Saturday, 17 October 2015
Nucleus - Under The Sun (1974)
The eight album from this UK band.
Nucleus was the trumpeter Ian Carr's band. It also served as a proving ground for musicians who later joined Soft Machine. Hence my first initial interest in this band. I later moved on to becoming interest in this band because of their music.
Ian Carr has been the described as the white Miles Davis. There is some truth in this. Ian Carr is a more than capable trumpeter and composer. One of the finest British jazz musicians of all time. If not the finest British jazz musician of all time, that is. Sadly, he passed away a couple of years ago and is much missed.
Ian Carr has got with him seven musicians on this album. The lineup is guitars, bass, drums, synths, trumpet and other woodwinds.
The music on this forty minutes long album is both pretty funky and jazzy. Add a lot of fusion too and you get this blend. It is a typical British jazz album where an eye is constantly viewing the prog rock and blues scene.
The title track is a twenty minutes long suite and is the best piece of music here. The rest is not up to that standard and feels a bit stale. The end result is a good album which is not among their best. It is still a good album.