"Vertu" marks a return to fusion for ex-Return to Forever stars Stanley Clarke (bass) and Lenny White (drums), along with Rachel Z on keys, Karen Briggs on violin and the versatile Richie Kotzen on guitar. Kotzen gets to exercise his fusion chops all over highlights such as "V-Wave" and "Marakesh", and the entire band gets a workout in the two part opus "Topasio". Briggs is a ferociously aggressive soloiist in her own right (fans of Ponty, take note). If you miss Return To Forever and wouldn't mind hearing an updated, more guitar-centric version of that group, check out "Vertu" - hopefully one super group that will go beyond the debut disc.
|07:40||On Top Of The Rain||Instrumental|
|04:47||Topasio,Es Puro Corazon, Part One||Instrumental|
|05:00||Topasio, Part Two||Instrumental|
|06:38||Danse Of The Harlequin||Instrumental|
|04:10||Start It Again||Vocal|
|Richie Kotzen||Guitar, Vocals|
|Stanley Clarke||Bass, Production|
|Lenny White||Drums, Production|
|Dennis Mackay||Production, Engineering, Mixing|
|Sasha Wells||Additional Production|
|Frank Harkins||Art Direction|
|Juan Gris||Original Painting|
|Tracks recorded at The Site. Overdubs recorded at Studio 56 and Topango Home Studio.
Mixed at Track Records.
Mastered at Sony Music Studios, NYC.