Down Beat - p.743.5 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he material is a reminder that these guys never let up, whether behind studio walls or in front of adoring audiences. For fusion buffs, TRIO OF DOOM is essential."
Personnel: Jaco Pastorius (bass guitar); Tony Williams (drums); John McLaughlin (guitar); Tony Ruption Williams (drums).
Liner Note Authors: John McLaughlin; Bill Milkowski.
Recording information: CBS Studios, NY (03/03/1979/03/08/1979); Karl Marx Theater, Havana, Cuba (03/03/1979/03/08/1979).
Photographers: Don Hunstein; David Gahr.
Anyone with even a passing interest in classic fusion and progressive jazz will want to own TRIO OF DOOM. Comprising three giants of the genre--guitarist John McLaughlin, drummer Tony Williams, and bassist Jaco Pastorius--Trio of Doom recorded both a studio session and a live set in 1979, and this 10-track disc contains selections from each, including Pastorius's "Continuum," McLaughlin's "Dark Prince," and Williams's "Drum Improvisation." Needless to say the playing is superb, and the energy--complex, knotted, and consistently pushing toward astral heights--is dazzling.