The trio of Jeff Watts, Kenny Kirkland and Charles Fambrough first united as the rhythm section of that first great Wynton Marsalis Quintet and played together for more than two years in the group that set jazz on its ears with its further exploration of the musical concepts that were born of the Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.
Following the (overly) well-publicized rift that resulted in the disbanding of the Marsalis quintet when Kirkland left with Branford to tour with Sting, Tain was reunited with the pianist in Branford’s new band and the two remained almost constant rhythm section mates for the duration of his life. It was Fambrough, who had previously left Wynton’s band to lead his own groups, that organized this date to feature on its own the unit that had propelled Marsalis to stardom.
Chris Druckker created the original art for the cover and that's another long story.
Reviews"In what was the only trio recording of drummer Watts with pianist Kenny Kirkland, with supple basswork from maestro Charles Fambrough, Megawatts is a knockout of rhapsodic splendor! From the bravura romp of Wayne Shorter's 'Black Nile' to the Monkish sway of Fambrough's 'Blooski', you know you're in Jamtime; ever so daring and sweet on the groove. Try to stay still through the sheer excitement of 'The Impaler', brandishing Watts' scintillating writing hand, or the giddying dance touched upon in Keith Jarrett's 'Rainbow', and find yourself in inevitable, delightful movement.