Tommy Bolin: Teaser / Private Eyes

The late, truly great Thomas Richard Bolin’s brief but remarkable and highly influential tenure in Deep Purple coincided with the release of two brilliant solo albums. His debut, Teaser (1975) was a masterful meld of jazz fusion, funk, and blues which prominently featured bassists Stanley Sheldon, known for his work on Peter Frampton’s seminal live sides, session ace Paul Stallworth (George Harrison, Al Jarreau, Harry Nilsson, Kenny Rankin), plus an un-credited vocal cameo by Glenn Hughes (“Dreamer”). Private Eyes (1976) was a decidedly more soulful affair by way of the deep syncopated grooves plied by first call LA studio cat Reggie McBride.