Recorded live in Germany on 6/2/77, In Flagrante Delicto is prime Nucleus, one of Britain's longest running jazz-fusion combo's, led by trumpet/flugelhorn ace Ian Carr. Comprised of just four long tracks, this CD is a well-balanced set that includes hot fusion burners as well as sleek jazz pieces with a funk edge, and there are plenty of solo spots for the individual musicians to shine.
Highlights-well, there are many, but a few stand out and need mention. Newcomer Bill Kristian was basically a fill-in for the German tour, but his bass playing is outstanding here, and he even takes a jaw-dropping extended solo on the ripping "Mysteries", a track written by keyboard player Geoff Castle. Castle himself lays down some intense Mini Moog synth solos on Carr's "Heyday", as well as some atmospheric Fender Rhodes on the pulsing title track, a number also notworthy for the searching trumpet solo from Carr, a man who never really got his due in my book as a true master of the instrument. Listen to him trade lines with sax player Brian Smith while Kristian's bass just pops and bursts alongside the steady drum work of Roger Sellers...just great stuff.
As far as 70's electric jazz-fusion goes, it doesn't get much better than this folks. File this alongside other classic live 70's fusion recordings from Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine, and Weather Report.
4) In Flagrante Delicto