Eddie Gomez

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Next Future

An atmospheric album of sophisticated contemporary jazz led by bassist Gomez, it often recalls the clouds used on the cover design. Chick Corea is there on synth and piano, making a vital contribution to the atmosphere, Gomez plays some brilliant solos and his presence is always felt (watch him on ‘Cheeks’), but the star of the show is Rick Margitza: his tenor solo on the old standard ‘Tenderly’, arranged with some neat substitutions in the turnaround, is devious, perfectly sculpted, and really takes off during the second chorus. This is state-of-the-art 1990s improvisation.