This 1975 album is unique in many ways. Firstly, it is the only album by keyboardist Roland Haynes. But more importantly, “Second Wave” has a sound and line-up like hardly any other jazz fusion album.
Anchored by the fantastic rhythm section of Carl Burnett (Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi and especially Gene Harris and The Three Sounds) and Henry “The Skipper” Franklin (bandleader on many Black Jazz albums, as well as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Hugh Masekela and many others), the album shows a duel between Fender Rhodes, tickled by Haynes and Kirk Lightsey, who has played with everyone from Chet Baker to Pharoah Sanders to Sonny Stitt. The cascading sound of the two electric pianos, one (Lightsey’s) often driven by a wah-wah pedal, gives “Second Wave” its own special vibe; there are no horns or guitars to get in the way of these stunning keyboard jams. Some people might hear of Miles Davis from the 1970s when Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and/or Herbie Hancock were in the band, and Hancock’s own album “Head Hunters” comes to mind.
The re-release of Real Gone was remastered by Mike Milchner for CD and vinyl at Sonic Vision with LP lacquer cuts by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at Well Made Musik, and includes new liner notes by Pat Thomas, the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975, which includes a few quotes from drummer Burnett and bassist Franklin. First time re-released on vinyl.