Spiritual fusion excellence from a superb quintet. Jamaican percussionist Noel McGhie recruited Japanese trumpet player Itaru Oki, pairing him on the frontline with Brazilian alto saxophonist Jorge Joao. Pianist Georges Eduard Nouel and bassist Louis Xavier—both from Martinique—round out the quintet. Originally recorded in France back in 1975, this is a 2015 reissue on Superfly who did the one right—heavyweight vinyl & jacket, quality artwork, obi, and insert, and the pressing itself is flat, quiet and sounds fantastic. The music is soulful, groovy, electric jazz, with nods to electric period Miles Davis, and records like Herbie Hancock’s ‘Flood’ or Eddie Henderson’s ‘Sunburst’. Plenty of electricity for fusion appeal, plenty of modal/spiritual jazz vibes for more traditional palettes. The vinyl is limited and growing scarce, but the digital availability of Noel McGhie & Space Spies ‘Trapeze’ is pretty ubiquitous…worth hearing, and in my humble opinion, worth acquiring. Super enjoyable.