is the self-titled debut by , released in 1973 on the Blue Thumb label. The album yielded the hits and and became a success based on word of mouth after heralded performances at in Los Angeles and the . The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and reached #3 on the R&B albums chart and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in February 1974.
Pointer's last release found him resurfacing on a label (Shanachie) known for almost everything but fusion. This record sounds much like the ones he made in the late '70s and 1980s, except that he also does some competent vocals. These are pleasant, heavily produced and arranged tracks with minimal improvisation and limited energy and intensity. They are jazz only in the broadest sense and are not aimed at hardcore listeners or purists. If easy listening instrumental fare is up your alley, then Pointer's light solos and heavily arranged music work.
A surprisingly excellent record – a blend of off-kilter vocals, funky fusion, and jazz violin – also one of Noel Pointer's most soul-based albums, thanks to some great arrangements from Chisoul maestro Richard Evans! The album takes the electric feel of Pointer's 70s work, and gives it a nice Capitol Rare twist – hitting some really sweet mellow tunes that really put the violin on back burner, and which focus on Pointer's compelling and spacey vocals.
Successful instrumental debut session from the electric violinist who was a dominant figure at Blue Note in the late '70s. Pointer could at times churn out a surprisingly riveting solo, but he spent more time plugging into rigidly arranged, heavily produced and orchestrated structures and supporting background vocalists.
I Califfi performs a Progresssive rock sung in Italian and situated in the same category as the early Seventies bands, due to its use of wild and jerky rhythms on which blend excellent analog keyboard shapes & sounds with excellent vocals and scrumptious guitar work. Their music can be defined as close to that of Garybaldi or Flea but with nicer lyrical themes in the style of PFM. "Fiore di Metallo" is a good prog album, based on organ and moog sounds, even if the lyrics are a bit naive and too close to the typical Italian beat themes. Some interesting keyboard passages, as in the instrumental Varius or the opening track Nel mio passato, make this album well worth listening.