Caldera / Sky Islands [Import]
Digitally re-mastered two-fer containing a pair of albums from the Jazz Fusion band: Caldera (1976) and Sky Islands (1977). The brainchild of guitarist Jorge Strunz, the nucleus of the band included Eduardo Del Barrio (keyboards); Steve Tavaglione (sax); Mike "Baiano" Azevedo (percussion); Carlos Vega (drums); and Dean Cortez (bass). The album Caldera (which featured the R&B-charted single, 'Out of the Blue') was produced by former member of the Crusaders, Wayne Henderson and featured primarily compositions by Strunz and Del Barrio. The group's acclaimed second album, Sky Islands, was produced by Del Barrio, Strunz and Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn (in his first outside production). in addition to Dunn as a musical guest, the album also featured a then-unknown Dianne Reeves on the title track (which she co-wrote with Dunn) and the much-revered standout cut, 'Ancient Source.' the LP achieved US chart status and has since become a classic among Jazz Fusion and Jazz Funk fans worldwide. SoulMusic.