Not to end up being confused with the normal Surface Quartet (a Southern California post-bop device featuring saxophonist Steve Feierabend and pianist Randy Potter), Common Surface is a hard-edged fusion clothing that emerged in Philadelphia in the mid-’90s. At the same time when most Philly jazz night clubs preferred hard bop, Common Surface went for a hardcore, yet melodic, mix of jazz, rock and roll, and funk such as Scott Henderson’s Tribal Technology. With founding associates Erik Sayles (guitar) and Chris Farr (tenor and soprano sax) co-leading and carrying out every one of the composing, Common Ground documented their self-titled debut record for TMP in 1995, and utilized heavyweights like drummer Dennis Chambers and trumpeter Randy Brecker as guests. Another essential participant on that appealing debut record was keyboardist Dan Zank, who was simply also up to speed for Common’s second TMP discharge, INSUFFICIENT Space (1997), combined with the explosive Chambers. Although neither jazz purists nor so-called even jazz r / c discovered the CDs to become appealing, Common Ground obtained a small pursuing among hardcore fusion aficionados.