I mentioned I listen to Pandora radio at work. It's a Mahavishnu channel. Going back and forth between the old groups and new recordings there seems to be a really great difference in compositions. The MO, RTF, Ponty, Weather Report, Passport, Tony's Lifetime, Jeff Beck's fusion forays, et al, and then the solo projects, had real compositions and an actual band 'sound.' There was a lot of soloing, too but, today it just seems the new bands, many of them with well known artists at every position, just play an opening riff, a bunch of solos follow, then back to the riff and out. I have to walk over to the radio to see who I'm listening to and when I see it's 'him' and 'him' and 'him' (last name trios) and there is no "sound" I find it surprising. Most of the time I cannot recognize the drumming on many of these recordings. Chambers I recognize when a drum solo hits. I always tend to recognize Allan Holdsworth's individual sound. Same with Wooten on bass. Otherwise ... it's all kind of generic sounding. The old bands are gone, by and large but, when I hear the lead members of those bands today, like Chick, on new projects, I still hear their sound and sense of composition.
Is it just me or does anyone else hear the same kind of thing?