Now here's a band with some musical history! Formed by Paul Gurvitz, who earlier had a top 10 hit in Europe with the band Gun (Race with the Devil), who evolved into Three Man Army and Baker Gurvitz Army, with Ginger Baker of Cream. Other members include Brian Parrish, who formed the prog rock band Badger, keyboardist Tony Kaye of Yes, Mike Kellie of Spooky Tooth on drums, Rick Wills of Foreigner on bass, and Mickey Gallager on keys (Ian Drury). The latter three later became the nucleus of Peter Frampton's Camel. Top all of that off with the Beatles' producer George Martin laying down the string arrangements and layering the band's sound into a brilliant tapestry of music.
The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base. Cray's smoldering stance on "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door" rendered him the first sex symbol to emerge from the blues field in decades, but it was his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic. "Nothing but a Woman" boasts an irresistible groove pushed by the Memphis Horns and some metaphorically inspired lyrics, while "I Wonder" and "Guess I Showed Her" sizzle with sensuality.
"Maria the Gun" is a progressive album of multiculture American folk and rock and roll music scehduled for release in August 2017. It was recorded at Wolfe Island Studios (Dayton, TX) and Mixed and Mastered with Sugarhill (Houston, TX).
This reissue is unrelated to another V.S.O.P. set simply titled A Jazz Band Ball. Terry Gibbs on vibes and marimba matches wits and creativity with Victor Feldman and Larry Bunker, both of whom double on vibes and xylophone. Assisted by pianist Lou Levy, bassist Max Bennett and drummer Mel Lewis, the intriguing frontline essentially plays bop, but with a great deal of color. The interaction between the vibraphonists, who are all featured and occasionally trade off, is the main reason to acquire this very interesting set.