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  • Show Stopper [Gramavision, 1983] A-
  • Music World [Gramavision, 1987] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Show Stopper [Gramavision, 1983]
There's more to harmolodics than funk, and Prime Time's bassist knows it. Hence the Colemanesque lyricism of a second side any old-and-new dreamer would boast about and many couldn't put together, with the master contributing the theme of an atmospheric solo showpiece and Hemphill, Dara, and Ulmer sitting in. And don't worry, side one has the funk covered--with surprising help from reed player James R. Watkins, who damn near has the master covered. A-

Music World [Gramavision, 1987]
First side's my kind of new age, a kitschy travelogue laid down with local fusioneers in Tokyo, Paris, Istanbul. Second side journeys from New York to Philadelphia, and let me tell you--both "The Creator Has a Master Plan" and "One More Night" have sounded more at home elsewhere. B