Picks and Pans Review: Mr. Gone
Side one, a fully orchestrated complement of relatively conventional instrumental, maintains the sunny outlook that has made the group one of the jazz-rock movement’s biggest successes. But on the more experimental side two, things get a little inclement. The group’s keyboardist/composer Josef (Mercy, Mercy, Mercy) Zawinul seems to be trying to fuse ultrafuturistic electronic sound with jazz, but it does not suit the pulsating beat. The vocals of Jon Lucien, Maurice (Earth, Wind & Fire) White and Deniece Williams just get snowed under. Fans will want to check the album out; fair-weather friends should pass.