quinta-feira, 2 de junho de 2016
Bill Plummer and The Cosmic Brotherhood - Bill Plummer and The Cosmic Brotherhood 1967
In 1966, Plummer toured with Tony Bennett and Miles Davis and formed the Jazz Corps, an experimental ensemble that included Maurice Miller and Lynn Blessing. His love for Jazz and Eastern music came together on the 1967 LP ‘Bill Plummer And The Cosmic Brotherhood’ where he blended the sitar with wind instruments, drums, stings and bells. Highlights on the record include the trippy ‘Jouney To The East’ and a cover of the Byrds’ single ‘Lady Friend’. The band featured a plethora of musicians including Hersh Hamel (sitar, tambura, vocals), Milt Holland (tabla), Ray Neapolitan (sitar, tambura), Jan Steward (sarode, tambura), Ray Anthony (guitar), Lynn Blessing (vibes, bells), Dennis Budimir (guitar), Mike Craden (transceleste, duo vigong, American tree bells, boo bams, surrogate vithara, which stand), Bill Goodwin (drums), Carol Kaye (bass), Mike Lang (piano, harpsichord), Maurice Miller (drums) and Tom Scott (saxophone, flute, electronics).
In 1969, a scaled down version of the band released a single on A&M, which includes the fabulous ‘Sunshine World’ b/w the sitar saturated instamental ‘Yentra II’. Plummer went on to become a very successful session musician, performing on a slew of movie and TV scores including ‘The French Connection I & II’, ‘Bullitt’, ‘I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!’, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘The Bionic Woman’ and ‘Mannix’. Plummer still happily performs and teaches music to this day in Idaho. Ray Neapolitan went on to play session bass for the Doors on the LPs ‘Morrison Hotel’ and ‘Other Voices’.