Label : Vertigo
One of the hippest albums of the British jazz rock generation -- a set that stretches out in ways the definitely live up to the "open mind" in the title! Bob Downes heads up the group on vocals and saxes -- and he's working here with a great array of players who include Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, and Ian Carr on trumpets; Chris Spedding and Ray Russell on guitars; and the great Latin player Robin Jones on percussion!
Although many tracks have a rock-like structure and composition, there's also a fair bit of jazzy influences going on here too -- especially on the album's funkier moments, which often mix some great work from the larger horn section from tighter rhythms at the core of the ensemble. Downes handled all arrangements, and often shows a vision that's not unlike that of Johnny Cameron at the time on similar projects. Groovers include the jazzy "Dawn Until Dawn", the Latiny groover "West II", the guitar/drum workout "Go Find Time", and the modal "Crush Hour" -- plus "Don't Let Tomorrow Get You Down", "In Your Eyes", and "Gonna Take A Journey".
Bob Downes Open Music - Keep Off The Grass
Bob Downes Open Music - Go Find Time
By Electric Looser