Re: Tony "Thunder" Smith, and a Solo
I remember that album. Interesting line-up with just violin. I always wondered if Hammer was just plain tired of guitar after listening to McLaughlin hit 120 decibels every night. I saw MO twice. I never heard anything so loud. At Woolsey Hall, NH, CT Cobham just tore off the stage at the end. Aside from his solo I could hardly hear anything he did. He just seemed pretty upset.
I never saw Tony Smith. I wouldn't put him in the same category with Billy as far as the dynamics of the tour de force he could lay out, but Smith played hard on that album. Reminded me more of Tony Williams without the 'Tonyisms.'