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[Music Album] Metro (Fusion Supergroup)

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The band was founded in spring 1994 by Chuck Loeb and Mitchel Forman, who have dreamed of starting their own cooperative band project for over 20 years since they worked together for Stan Getz. During their long career they have often met again - including for a tour and live-album by saxman Bill Evans called "Petite Blonde", but they have never led a band together before "Metro".
For the steady band they looked for a great bassman and drummer. So German drummer Wolfgang Haffner was invited on the recommendation of bassman Anthony Jackson who had worked with him on several occassions in Europe - and it worked out great. The band recorded their first album - called "Metro" like the band - directly after the tour at the "Hansahaus"-Studios in Bonn, Germany.
The first Metro CD featuring Chuck, Mitch, Wolfgang and Anthony Jackson.  Recorded in Germany, this CD captures the excitement of a new band being formed.
In spring 1995 Anthony Jackson left the band and was succeeded by bassman Victor Bailey (ex-Weather Report, Petite Blonde, Madonna a.o.). They recorded their second album "Tree People" in NY, that continues the supergroup's task of redefining fusion music for the new century.  Victor Bailey joins the band for this outing.
The band switched labels after "Tree People" and recorded their third CD "Metrocafe" for the English Hip Bop label? that was recorded in 1999 in Los Angeles. This again featured the great bassist Victor Bailey. This was followed by "Grapevine" in 2002 featuring Mel Brown on bass. The band toured anually in Europe during this period and recorded "Metrolive at the A-Trane" in Berlin in November 2000. This CD is on Mitch's Marsis Jazz label.
In 2007, the band recorded their sixth CD called "Express" again on the Marsis Jazz label. This time the great NY bassist Will Lee lent his extraordinary talents to the band as a player, composer and even vocalist.
Metro has consintenly pushed the envelope for the fusion style of music. It continues to make highly innovative music while still keeping it funky.

Discography:

  • 1994 - Metro

Personnel: Mitch Forman, Chuck Loeb, Anthony Jackson, Wolfgang Haffner
  • 1995 - Tree People

Personnel: Mitch Forman, Chuck Loeb, Victor Bailey, Wolfgang Haffner
  • 2000 - Metrocafe

Personnel: Mitch Forman, Chuck Loeb, Victor Bailey, Wolfgang Haffner
  • 2002 - Grapevine

Personnel: Mitch Forman, Chuck Loeb, Mel Brown, Wolfgang Haffner
  • 2007 - Express

Personnel: Mitch Forman, Chuck Loeb, Will Lee, Wolfgang Haffner

1994 - Metro
Cast 'Metro':
- Mitchel Forman: keyboards
- Chuck Loeb: guitar
- Anthony Jackson: contrabass guitar
- Wolfgang Haffner: drums

Featuring:
- Simon Phillips: percussion, conga, drums
- Peter Godwin: synthesizer, saxophone, vocals
- Duncan Browne: synthesizer, bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, vibraphone
- John Giblin: bass
- Barry Husband: vocals
- Anthony Jackson: contrabass guitar
- Sean Lyons: electric guitar, 12 string guitar
- Graham Preskett: violin
- Roland Peil: percussion (#02,#03,#05,#09)

Chuck Loeb, Mitchell Forman, Anthony Jackson (brother of Michael, no less) & Wolfgang Haffner ~ a phenomenal combination of rock and jazz, recorded in Germany at the same studios (& with the same crew) as Acoustic Alchemy used to use. All four members are brilliant, especially Anthony Jackson, whose 6 string contra-bass playing is as masterful as ever.
Two tracks are updates on arrangements which first appeared on Chuck Loeb's 1991 solo album 'Life Colors', one of which ('Gravity') is better and the other ('Snow Song') is, um, about the same, just different. Track 3, 'Nimbus', written by Mitchel Forman, is a classic of the genre, whilst the fast and ferocious Earthplak ain't far behind. His work in this context is certainly a lot better than on either of his two solo albums I've heard so far. They were awful. Oh yeah ~ the recording itself is a stonker too, particularly the bass, which is superbly deep, clean, firm and articulate. Funnily enough, it sounds a bit bright at first, until you realise just how very loud you can play it without distress. Nothing smooth about this, so for rock fans interested to hear what a bunch of jazz musicians can do when they put on a different hat, this is a good place to start.

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01 Premonition
02 Metro        
03 Nimbus        
04 Jazzy Move        
05 Gravity        
06 Earthplak
07 Old Face In Windows        
08 Grand Slam        
09 Third Person        
10 Snow Song        
11 The Flow
01 - Premonition.mp3 (1.95 MB, Downloads: 1)

09 - Third Person.mp3

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02 - Metro.mp3

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03 - Nimbus.mp3

14.08 MB, Downloads: 1

04 - Jazzy Move.mp3

11.42 MB, Downloads: 1

05 - Gravity.mp3

13.24 MB, Downloads: 1

06 - Earthplak.mp3

15.27 MB, Downloads: 1

07 - Old Faces in Windows.mp3

12.87 MB, Downloads: 1

08 - Grand Slam.mp3

13.77 MB, Downloads: 1

10 - Snow Song.mp3

11.94 MB, Downloads: 1

11 - The Flow.mp3

10.21 MB, Downloads: 1

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1995 - Tree People
Cast 'Metro':
- Mitchel Forman: keyboards
- Chuck Loeb: guitars
- Wolfgang Haffner: drums
- Victor Bailey: bass

Featuring:
- Nelson Rangell: alto sax (#12)
- Bashiri Johnson: percussion (#01, #03, #04, #07, #11, #12)
- Joachim Becker: additional keyboards & noises (#01)
- Carmen Cuesta: vocals (#04, #07)
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01 Tree People       
02 The King And The Haircut       
03 Bing Bang Boom!       
04 My Lucky Day       
05 Party Stone       
06 Lolo Shuffle       
07 The Jurney       
08 Footsteps       
09 Sleeping Beauties       
10 "Back To Fusion"       
11 Grind       
12 Proclamation       
13 There And Back Again
01 - Tree People.mp3 (15.98 MB, Downloads: 1)

02 - The King and the Haircut.mp3

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03 - Bing Bang Boom.mp3

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04 - My Lucky Day.mp3

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05 - Prayer Stone.mp3

13.65 MB, Downloads: 2

06 - Lolo Shuffle.mp3

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07 - The Journey.mp3

13.28 MB, Downloads: 1

08 - Footsteps.mp3

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09 - Sleeping Beauties.mp3

15.46 MB, Downloads: 1

10 - Back to Fusion.mp3

680.45 KB, Downloads: 1

11 - Grind.mp3

10.9 MB, Downloads: 1

12 - Proclamation.mp3

12.38 MB, Downloads: 1

13 - There and Back Again.mp3

9.99 MB, Downloads: 1

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2000 - Metrocafe
Cast 'Metro':
- Mitchel Forman: keyboards, pans
- Chuck Loeb: guitars
- Victor Bailey: bass
- Wolfgang Haffner: drums

Featuring:
- David Charles: percussion & field drum (#02, #05, #07-#09)
- Carmen Cuesta: vocals (#02)
- Munyungo Jackson: percussion (#01, #03, #04, #06, #11)
- Jim Wilson: piano tuner
- Keith Albright: piano tuner
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01 Metrocafe       
02 It's All Good
03 Shadow Play       
04 Month Of Sundays       
05 Field Of Diamonds       
06 Those Who Wait       
07 One A Day       
08 House And Home       
09 People Person       
10 Q       
11 Your Name Here
01 - Metrocafe.mp3 (13.97 MB, Downloads: 1)

02 - It's All Good.mp3

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03 - Shadow Play.mp3

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04 - Month of Sundays.mp3

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05 - Field of Diamonds.mp3

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06 - Those Who Wait.mp3

12.93 MB, Downloads: 1

07 - One a Day.mp3

12.2 MB, Downloads: 1

08 - House and Home.mp3

12.38 MB, Downloads: 2

09 - People Person.mp3

12.94 MB, Downloads: 1

10 - Q.mp3

12.49 MB, Downloads: 1

11 - Your Name Here.mp3

14.67 MB, Downloads: 1

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2002 - Grapevine

Cast 'Metro':
- Mitchel Forman: keyboards, vocals, programming
- Chuck Loeb: guitars, programming
- Wolfgang Haffner: drums
- Mel Brown: bass

Featuring:
- Nina Forman: vocals (#10)
- Ellis Forman: additional keys (#01), percussion (#11)
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01 Trance        
02 The Third Law        
03 I Heard It Through The Grapevine        
04 Can You Hear Me Now ?        
05 Yikes !        
06 Cream        
07 Mr. Fruity        
08 Where She Was        
09 Lagoon        
10 The Shine        
11 Azul        
12 One Of Many        
13 Patriot
01 - Trance.mp3 (14.87 MB, Downloads: 1)

02 - The Third Law.mp3

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03 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine.mp3

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04 - Can You Hear Me Now.mp3

11.21 MB, Downloads: 1

05 - Yikes!.mp3

13.94 MB, Downloads: 1

06 - Cream.mp3

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07 - Mr.Fruity.mp3

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08 - Where She Was.mp3

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09 - Lagoon.mp3

13.39 MB, Downloads: 1

10 - The Shine.mp3

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11 - Azul.mp3

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12 - One the Many.mp3

12.94 MB, Downloads: 1

13 - Patriot.mp3

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2007 - Express

Cast 'Metro':
- Mitchel Forman: keyboards, bg vocals
- Chuck Loeb: guitar
- Will Lee: contrabass, basses & vocals
- Wolfgang Haffner: drums

With the release of their fifth CD, “Express”, the band Metro celebrates fourteen years of musical collaboration and exploration based on their shared passion for the sonic and musical adventures of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s; when artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report and John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra began combining jazz, rock, electronica and world music, thus expanding the boundaries of all of improvised music. “Express” is a continuation in this direction, or genre, which has come to be known as ‘Fusion’.
Having crossed paths during their early years in New York City in recording sessions and the local club scene, pianist/keyboardist Mitchel Forman and guitarist Chuck Loeb soon found themselves sharing the stage as members of the Stan Getz Group in the early 1980’s. But it wasn’t until 1994, after touring and recording with the Bill Evan’s groundbreaking Petite Blonde project, that they joined forces with drummer Wolfgang Haffner and bassist Anthony Jackson and recorded their first CD {Metro – Lipstick Records #} and did their first tour. Jackson was a ll-established bassist at the time, and brought the younger Haffner along who had been a member of the German fusion group Passport. Since then they have recorded four more studio albums and one live CD featuring Forman, Haffner and Loeb, and several different bassists: Victor Bailey, Mel Brown, and Jerry Brooks.
On “Express”, they have joined forces with world-renowned bassist, vocalist, composer, and producer Will Lee adding a fresh new dynamic and energy to the band. The songs on “Express” range from the intense sonic soundscapes of “Slow Down” and “Rio Frio” to funky blues based jaunts like “Sloth”, the up-tempo “Absynth Blues” and even a bit of Euro-Techno on the title track “Express”. The band turns a bit more introspective on “Tell Me A Thousand Times” and “Nuna” with Forman’s lush keyboards and Haffner’s light touch on brushes setting up a simmering slow burn.
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01 The Red Fish       
02 Tell Me A Thousand Times       
03 Rio Frio       
04 Maikl Burekka       
05 Express       
06 Sloth       
07 Up Above The Stars       
08 Nuna
09Absynth Blues       
10 The Standard (For MB)       
11 Slow Down
01 - The Red Fish.mp3 (14.32 MB, Downloads: 1)

02 - Tell Me a Thousand Times.mp3

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03 - Rio Frio.mp3

13.13 MB, Downloads: 1

04 - Miakl Burekka (for MB).mp3

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05 - Express.mp3

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06 - Sloth.mp3

12.23 MB, Downloads: 1

07 - Up Above the Stars.mp3

14 MB, Downloads: 1

08 - Nuna.mp3

12.97 MB, Downloads: 1

09 - Absynth Blues.mp3

11.94 MB, Downloads: 1

10 - The Standard.mp3

13.24 MB, Downloads: 1

11 - Slow Down.mp3

15.04 MB, Downloads: 1

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