A one-time member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, David Sancious has also long had a deft touch as a solo artist, as proven by these two early albums. 1975’s Forest Of Feelings was produced by Billy Cobham.
David Sancious:Forest Of Feelings/Transformation
Laid-back, jazz-rock mastery.
There are times when it veers towards the Mahavishnu Orchestra and this is done with style, on an album with brilliant musicianship that is also accessible. It’s a lounge approach to jazz rock, really, and thoroughly absorbing. Transformation (The Speed Of Love) came out a year later, and has four extended tracks, each allowing the musicians of his band, Tone, ample space to supplement basic ideas with their considerable imagination, as on the impressive, 20-minute title track. Where the previous album relied on Sancious’ keyboard expertise, this one has a hefty guitar indulgence. This too is a jazz-rock journey, but under the production guidance of Bruce Botnick, it has a more rounded, adventurous grasp. At a time when jazz rock had some amazing protagonists, Sancious showed here why he was among the genre’s elite.