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The Trio of Doom was a short lived jazz fusion power trio consisting of John McLaughlin on guitar, Jaco Pastorius on bass and Tony Williams on drums.[1] They were brought together by Columbia Records in 1979 to play the Havana Jam festival in Cuba alongside Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and others.

Their only live performance was on March 3, 1979, and it is captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79.[2]

Later on March 8, 1979, the group reconvened in New York to record the songs they had played live.[3][4] An album was released on June 26th 2007 on Legacy Recordings, containing five tracks from Havana Jam and five recorded in the studio.[5] Entitled simply "Trio of Doom", the album contained the following songs:

  1. "Drum Improvisation" (Tony Williams) – 2:46
  2. "Dark Prince" (John McLaughlin) – 6:36
  3. "Continuum" (Jaco Pastorius) – 5:11
  4. "Para Oriente" (Tony Williams) – 5:42
  5. "Are You The One, Are You The One?" (John McLaughlin) – 4:51
  6. "Dark Prince" (John McLaughlin) – 4:11
  7. "Continuum" (Jaco Pastorius) – 3:49
  8. "Para Oriente" (alternate take one) (Tony Williams) – 1:05
  9. "Para Oriente" (alternate take two) (Tony Williams) – 0:20
  10. "Para Oriente" (Tony Williams) – 5:28

Tracks 1-5 recorded March 3, 1979 at the Karl Marx Theater, Havana, Cuba Tracks 6-10 recorded March 8, 1979 at CBS Studios, New York[6]




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