Trio of Doom

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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 recorded on Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79.[2]

On March 8, 1979, the group reconvened in New York City to record the songs they had played live,[3][4] but a dispute broke out between Pastorius and Williams.[5] An album was released on June 26, 2007, on Legacy Recordings, containing five tracks from Havana Jam and five recorded in the studio.[6] 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 were recorded March 3, 1979, at the Karl Marx Theater, Havana, Cuba. Tracks 6-10 were recorded March 8, 1979, at CBS Studios, New York.[7]