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Alphonse Mouzon: Jazz in Bel-Air

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Alphonse Mouzon may be best known as a charter member of Weather Report, but the drummer’s constant spirit of musical wanderlust has always kept him from having a higher profile. His tenure in the group was brief, a constant throughout a session-heavy 40-year career. His solo releases, however, now number 20 with the live Jazz in Bel-Air.

It’s Mouzon’s first release since 2001, partly because that wandering spirit extends to his personal life. The versatile South Carolina native, now based in California, gave up a career in medicine to focus on music in the late 1960s. He’s since become a producer, actor (appearing in the films That Thing You Do and First Daughter), massage therapist, drum instructor, trumpeter and label head. For this recording, Mouzon leaves the trumpet work to Sal Marquez, whose own impressive credits include Frank Zappa and Buddy Rich.

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