Tempest in the Colosseum

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Tempest in the Colosseum
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Live album by
RecordedJuly 23, 1977
ProducerHenri Renaud, David Rubinson
V.S.O.P. chronology
The Quintet
Tempest in the Colosseum
V.S.O.P. Live Under the Sky

Tempest in the Colosseum was recorded on July 23, 1977 in the Den-En Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan. Musicians for this performance were Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Tony Williams on drums, Ron Carter on double bass, and Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano saxophones. The album was released in late 1977 only in Japan by Columbia.


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars stating "Tempest is a good description, for this CD contains more volatile ensemble playing than its Columbia predecessor; clearly some tighter bonding took place since the trans-Pacific flight".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Eye of the Hurricane" (Hancock) - 16:38
  2. "Diana" (Shorter) - 4:31
  3. "Eighty-One" (Carter) - 13:08
  4. "Maiden Voyage" (Hancock) - 11:55
  5. "Lawra" (Williams) - 8:23
  6. "Red Clay" (Hubbard) - 14:15



  1. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed August 3, 2011.