Tempest in the Colosseum

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Tempest in the Colosseum
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Live album by V.S.O.P.
Released 1977
Recorded July 23, 1977
Genre Jazz
Length 68:50
Label Columbia
Producer Henri Renaud, David Rubinson
V.S.O.P. chronology
The Quintet
(1977)The Quintet1977
Tempest in the Colosseum
Live Under the Sky
(1979)Live Under the Sky1979

Tempest in the Colosseum was recorded on July 23, 1977 in Tokyo's Den-En Colosseum. Musicians in this landmark performance were Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Tony Williams on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano saxophones. The recording was originally released in late 1977, as a Japan-only release issued on the Columbia label.


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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 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.