MUSIC NEWS - Spectrum Road is a new collaboration between four notables of modern music: the legendary Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana. From a shared passion for the music of legendary drummer Tony Williams, the band will release their self-titled debut album on June 5 via Palmetto Records. Later that week, Spectrum Road celebrates its arrival with a performance at Bonnaroo on June 9, which also serves as the first show of a USA summer concert tour. Complete tour itinerary will be announced shortly.
“To be able to play and record in this band alongside three of the most creative and stellar musicians in the world is a longtime dream come true,” said Vernon Reid. “The idea for Spectrum Road first came about in 2001 and it was the ongoing belief in the kind of record we knew we could make together that made it come to fruition.”
"The band takes the electrifying music of Tony Williams as its starting point and turns it into something totally its own," says Reid. "There's a vibe from end to end, a certain type of force and ambience that I’ve never experienced before as an artist."
Spectrum Road is named for one of the incendiary tracks on the original Tony Williams Lifetime album, but as these four musicians demonstrate on their debut recording, this isn’t a tribute band. After making rock history with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in Cream, British bassist Jack Bruce joined the Lifetime for two records thus serving as Spectrum Road's direct connection to their muse. The group is rounded out with famed guitarist Vernon Reid, of Living Colour, and multi-keyboardist John Medeski, one-third of the juggernaut Medeski, Martin & Wood. Made famous by her ten plus years backing Lenny Kravitz on drums, Cindy Blackman Santana has distinguished herself as an impressively versatile player who's as comfortable on post-bop sessions with Joe Henderson and Wallace Roney as she is touring with pop stars like Kravitz and husband Carlos Santana.
The formidable lineup of Spectrum Road assures the legacy of Tony Williams lives on, and likely to be a major 2012 music event.