by George Harris
Fusion fun is the name of the game with Michael Whalen at the keyboards, synths and beyond with the hip team of drummer Simon Phillips, reed man Bob Magnuson and Crimson bassist Tony Levin. You get a mix of Middle Eastern disco and VOX on the hoot of “Future Shock” with you looking for the disco ball on the upbeat “La Hermosa Noche”. A dash of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” on the synthy “Polly Jam” and Magnuson’s soprano goes Kenny G on a musicular “Morning On The Cape” while it is urgent as it rides Phillips wave on “Wanderlust”. Smooth jazz chimes on “Memories of You”. Dancing beats and funky treats.