Lenny White Venusian Summer
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- Released: June 8, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.Chicken-Fried Steak
- 2.Away Go Troubles Down The Drain
- 3.The Venusian Summer Suite: Part 1: Sirenes / Part 2: Venusian Summer
- 4.Prelude To Rainbow Delta
- 5.Mating Drive
- 6.Prince Of The Sea
Personnel includes: Lenny White (piano, ARP & Mini-Moog synthesizers, drums, tympani, roto-toms, percussion); Tom Harrel (flugelhorn, Mini-Moog synthesizer); Hubert Laws (flute); Onaje Allen Gumbs (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, organ, Mellotron); Larry Young, Jimmy Smith (organ); Larry Coryell, Al DiMeola, Doug Rodrigues, Raymond Gomez (guitar).
Engineers: Dennis MacKay, John Viera, Dane Butcher.
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York and Different Fur, San Francisco, California in June & August 1975.
Personnel: Lenny White (piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer, marimba, drums, snare drum, timpani, wood block, gong); Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell (guitar, electric guitar); Douglas Rodriguez, Ray Gomez (guitar); Hubert Laws (flute); Onaje Allan Gumbs (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, organ, Mellotron, keyboards); Peter Manning Robinson (Clavinet, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer); David Sancious (organ, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Weldon Irvine (organ, keyboards); Jimmy Smith , Larry Young (organ); Patrick Gleeson (keyboards, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer); Don Blackman (keyboards, synthesizer); Peter Robinson (keyboards); Peter Robinson (synthesizer); Tom Harrell (Moog synthesizer); Dennis MacKay (percussion, gong).
Audio Remixer: Dennis MacKay.
Recording information: Different Fur, San Francisco, CA (06/1975/08/1975); Electric Lady Studios, NY (06/1975/08/1975).
Photographer: Dennis Chalkin.
Unknown Contributor Role: Tom Harrell.
Arrangers: Doug Rauch; Lenny White.
One of the better entries to emerge from a genre that was quickly growing tired. Return to Forever drummer Lenny White, while not as powerful or talented as counterparts Billy Cobham or Alphonse Mouzon, had an excellent feel for funk and an amazing sense of taste. "Chicken-Fried Steak" contains enough odd-time beats and fills to satisfy any drum fanatic, but White proves to be more than just a technician. "The Venusian Summer Suite" and "Mating Drive" are both moody pieces that were obviously influenced by the music of Tangerine Dream. But the primary reason this session succeeds is "Prince of the Sea." It is a strong composition that features Al di Meola and Larry Coryell. This was their only recorded performance together in the '70s and fans are still seeking this recording out to see "who won". This is a must-have fusion recording. ~ Robert Taylor
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