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Various Artists: Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalpyse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute

The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s The Inner Mounting Flame was a landmark date in jazz-rock history, a magical session that brilliantly combined the virtuosity of jazz with the relentless exuberance of rock. That’s sometimes the case on this tribute date, with the core group including onetime Mahavishnu violinist Jerry Goodman teaming with ace drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Kai Eckhardt, keyboardist Mitchel Forman and guitarist Jeff Richman.

The various guests take several approaches. One is faithfully reproducing the spirit and sensibility of the original cuts, done most memorably by John Abercrombie on “Follow Your Heart” and Steve Lukather on “Birds of Fire.” Another involves staying within your specialty, as Mike Stern dispenses an array of slick lines and R&B-tinged phrases on “Can’t Stand Your Funk” and Steve Morse and Warren Haynes deliver slicing blues and rock riffs within their solos on “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters” and “Lila’s Dance.”

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