The folks at Audio Fidelity have been dipping into some morsels in the last year and as 2016 slowly comes to a close, they are entering the world of jazz fusion with new hybrid SACD remasters.
Tale Spinnin’ was Weather Report’s fifth album that came out in 1975. While my dad was not heavy into jazz fusion, he did love this album and I’m not sure if he was like me where he randomly chose an album and said “I’ll try this” or if he simply liked the cover. He bought it on cassette and it became one of his cruising albums. Personal reflection aside, this was the album produced bY Weather Report members Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter and this one contains some nice gems, including “Five Short Stories” and “Lusitanos”.
Musicmagic was Return To Forever’s seventh album which is also known for being the group’s last. This was the follow-up to the band’s successful Romantic Warrior album and with this one, Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea were the remaining two from the original line-up. There was a live album after Musicmagic but by then, it was over. Upon listening to Musicmagic, it sounded like they could’ve went on forever like their own name but they had other plans. This one has Clarke’s “So Long Mickey Mouse” while thea lbum ends with a song done by Corea and his wife Gayle Moran, “The Endless Night”.
The CD side will feature the original stereo mix of the album while the SACD side will contain the original quadraphonic mix. Both of these discs are scheduled for release on October 21st, both can be pre-ordered below via Amazon.com.
DJ Platurn is back with an all new edit, and this time he is dipping into the world of jazz fusion. Weather Report find their “American Tango” (originally released on their Mysterious Traveller album, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year) taken to a place previously unimaged. It had been placed in the hands of Platurn and now it’s for you and all to hear.
(NOTE: The file you’ll be downloading is a full WAV, so get to this while supplies last.)
Upon looking at the cover for Thomas Lorenzo Quartet‘s Spanish Breeze (Barcelona Music), I expected it to be some nice and smooth Latin jazz. Boy was I wrong. Instead, guitarist Lorenzo jams, bobs, and weaves around some incredible jazz that sounds a bit like Prince when he was doing the Madhouse albums, but with the focus on him and not Eric Leeds‘ saxophone.
Lorenzo is very much influenced by Pat Metheny and has some of that John McLaughlin intensity without sounding like him. He calls this “Mediterranean Jazz” and one website called it smooth jazz but if more smooth jazz was like this, I’d listen more. “Giggles And Whispers” also has a Carlos Santana vibe to it, from his late 70’s Marathon period (think “Aqua Marine”).
Lorenzo’s quartet features Walfredo Reyes Jr. of Santana’s band, Weather Report alumni Alphonso Johnson, and Dave Garfield, who has performed with countless jazz musicians. They sound like studio rats, very confident of their musicianship and the way they interact with other musicians, and this would be great to listen to on a Sunday morning or on those long drives when you need a bit of a push for the long haul.
Remember when the Weather Channel used to play jazz during breaks, and occasionally you’d hear something and wonder who the hell it is? Spanish Breeze is that kind of album that combines the best of that style of jazz that doesn’t go into freak out more or make you fall into crepe batter. It’s a very fine album.