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.

Trio of Doom
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Montage of the three members of the Trio of Doom (pictured in the 1980s)
From left: Pastorius, Williams and McLaughlin
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresJazz fusion
Years active1979
Past members

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 that ended the trio.[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]

Trio of Doom (album)Edit

Trio of Doom
Studio album by
Trio of Doom
ReleasedJune 26, 2007
RecordedMarch 3 and March 8, 1979
VenueKarl Marx Theater, Havana, Cuba
StudioCBS, New York City, U.S.
GenreJazz fusion
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [7]
The Guardian     [8]


  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.[4]


  1. ^ "Trio of Doom - Trio of Doom Live". Popmatters. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  2. ^ "McLaughlin/Pastorius/Williams - Trio of Doom". MusicTap. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, Tony Williams - Trio of Doom CD review". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, Tony Williams - Trio of Doom". Discogs. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Interview: John McLaughlin (solo, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis)". October 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "Trio of Doom overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Trio of Doom - The Trio of Doom Live". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ Fordham, John (22 June 2007). "John McLaughlin/ Jaco Pastorius/ Tony Williams, Trio of Doom". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2018.