“This is the record where Dennis Chambers was unleashed on much of the music world. He had done some gigs before this, like with George Clinton, but he was still under the radar. It wasn’t until this record and the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert that he took part in that people really heard what he could do.
“That concert put him in front of people, but I had a bit of a jump on them because of hearing this record. Dennis took a lot of influences, like Cobham, and he mixed them all up and put his own spin on them. He took everything to the next level.
“He incorporated a lot of what would be called ‘ride-and-hi-hat grooves’ to form some super-charged, powerful funk grooves. He had a right foot that was very, very strong, and it made me want to concentrate more on that part of my playing.
“His interaction with the band is what makes it for me. Scofield wasn’t a super-aggressive, shredding guy; he was more subdued, into textures and things. That kind of style leaves a lot of space for the band, the rhythm section, to open up and show off. You have to know what you’re doing and what the music needs when you have the chance to explore that kind of interplay.”