The Rise and Fall of the Third Stream is an album by Austrian jazz keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul, released in 1968. The title refers to the Third stream genre of music, melding classical and jazz.
01. "Baptismal" (William Fischer) – 7:37 02. "The Soul of a Village - Part I" (William Fischer) – 2:13 03. "The Soul of a Village - Part II" (William Fischer) – 4:12 04. "The Fifth Canto" (William Fischer) – 6:55 05. "From Vienna, With Love" (Friedrich Gulda) – 4:27 06. "Lord, Lord, Lord" (William Fischer) – 3:55 07. "A Concerto, Retitled" (William Fischer) – 5:30
* Joe Zawinul - Piano and electric piano * William Fischer - Tenor Saxophone and arrangements * Jimmy Owens - Trumpet * Alfred Brown - Viola * Selwart Clarke - Viola * Theodore Israel - Viola * Kermit Moore - Cello * Richard Davis - Bass * Roy McCurdy - Drums * Freddie Waits - Drums * Warren Smith - Percussion
The state of the second Mahavishnu Orchestra continued to be volatile in 1975, with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty out, keyboardist Gayle Moran replaced by Stu Goldberg, and all string and horn backings removed, leaving just a steaming quartet and this lone remarkable album. The addition of Goldberg, a more interesting musician than Moran, is significant, but the biggest charge is provided by the leader who, in tandem with the latest electronic equipment, turns in some of his most passionately alive playing of the whole Mahavishnu series. The leadoff track, "All in the Family," has fantastic energy and drive, pushed on by Narada Michael Walden's drums and marimba. "Miles Out" has John McLaughlin doing some inspired jamming with his guitar hooked into a "360 Systems Frequency Shifter" (an electronic device with the wildly fluid sound of a ring-modulator), and he moves over to an early guitar synthesizer on "Morning Calls," "Lotus Feet," and the streaking title track. There is some funk residue from Visions of the Emerald Beyond on "Planetary Citizen," yet oddly enough, the so-so soul vocals from Walden on several tracks, and one by bassist Ralphe Armstrong, do not harm the cause, as the playing of the quartet is so fiery. But this somewhat overlooked album would be the last hurrah for the Mahavishnu concept for nearly a decade -- and when it returned, the sounds it produced would bear little resemblance to this power-packed music...AMG
01 All in the Family 02 Miles Out 03 In My Life 04 Gita 05 Morning Calls 06 The Way of the Pilgrim 07 River of My Heart 08 Planetary Citizen 09 Lotus Feet 10 Inner Worlds Pts. 1 & 2
L.A.EXPRESS: SHADOW PLAY CARIBOU RECORDS RELEASED: 1976, USA
01. Nordic Winds (6:04) [Peter Maunu] 02. Double Your Pleasure (2:50) [Peter Maunu] 03. Shadow Play (5:30) [D.Luell, R.Philipe] 04. Chariot Race (2:47) [Victor Feldman] 05. Dance The Night Away (3:03) [Victor Feldman] 06. Velvet Lady (4:15) [John Guerin] 07. Vortex (3:50) [Peter Maunu] 08. Mad Drums And Englishman (Mavro) (5:26) [John Guerin] 09. Silhouette (1:20) [Victor Feldman]
David Luell: tenor/alto/soprano/baritone saxophone Peter Maunu: electric guitar, acoustic guitar Victor Feldman: Fender Rhodes, piano, ARP Odyssey, Hammond organ, concert spectrum, congas, assorted percussion Max Bennett: Fender bass, percussion John Guerin: drums, organ
- ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS - Joni Mitchell: voices (on 1) Paulette McWilliams: voices (on 2,5)
Drummer Billy Cobham is heard on this live set heading an all-star quintet also including Tom Scott on tenor, soprano and lyricon, keyboardist Mark Soskin, guitarist Steve Khan and electric bassist Alphonso Johnson. Although the music is mostly funky and uses plenty of electronics (Scott sounds quite faceless on lyricon), there are some strong solos, particularly from Khan and Scott (when he is on tenor). The six group originals are highlighted by "Bahama Mama," "Some Punk Funk" and "On a Magic Carpet Ride." Due to the amount of variety and spontaneity, Alivemutherforya is superior to most of these musicians' individual projects of the era...AMG
01 "Anteres"-The Star - Billy Cobham 02 Bahama Mama - Alphonso Johnson 03 Shadows - Tom Scott 04 Some Punk Funk - Steve Khan 05 Spindrift - Tom Scott 06 On a Magic Carpet Ride - Billy Cobham
01. The Captain's Journey Pt. 2: The Calm/Pt. 2: The Storm 8:02 02. Morning Glory 5:53 03. Sugar Loaf Express 5:05 04. Matchmakers 4:53 05. What Do You Want? 5:27 06. That's Enough for Me 5:24 07. Etude
The Yellowjackets made a splash with their first record, an accessible mixture of jazz, rock, and funk bearing the unmistakable mark of the L.A. session scene that spawned them. In fact, the Yellowjackets had their roots in the sessions for Robben Ford's 1979 album The Inside Story. Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, and Ricky Lawson all appeared on that album and reenlisted Ford's help for their own debut, with the guitarist's fluid soloing often taking the lead role. As fun an album as it is -- and there are times when the melodies rise to a joyful exuberance that recalls Weather Report's "Birdland" -- Yellowjackets isn't a true fusion record. Ricky Lawson provides rock beats to the material, Haslip's bass work is as funky as it is jazzy, and the arrangements tend to stick with the same groove (as ingratiating as they may be) rather than explore the musical themes like an esoteric jazz band might. The opening "Matinee Idol" is as much the Jackson 5 (one of Lawson's previous gigs) as fusion, "Rush Hour" is jazzy in a Steely Dan sense, while "Sittin' in It" actually borrows from the old funk classic "For the Love of Money." There are some nice, chunky grooves that give the album a sense of substance ("The Hornet," "Imperial Strut"), a wistful track in "It's Almost Gone," and a neat melody tucked into "Priscilla," all of which contribute to the album's charm. But compared to their GRP recordings, the Yellowjackets' debut does seem a little one-dimensional. If you enjoy the smooth, guitar-led jazz from this period (e.g., Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour), Yellowjackets is worth checking out, both for the upbeat melodies and Ford's seemingly effortless solos...
01 Matinee Idol 02 Imperial Strut 03 Sittin' in It 04 Rush Hour 05 The Hornet 06 Priscilla 07 It's Almost Gone
01.Aurora Part 1 02.Aurora Part 2 03.Imaginary Voyage Part 3 04.Imaginary Voyage Part 4 05.Mirage 06.No Strings Attached 07.Egocentric Molecules
Treat yourself to a piece of JLP history as you are front and center at a live performance recorded in late 1978 during the California leg of the Cosmic Messenger tour. Blistering guitar solos from both Jamie Glaser and Joaquin Lievano, intricate keyboards from Allan Zavod, and powerful "double kick" drumming from Casey Scheuerell. An explosive performance by Ralphe Armstrong on bass, and of course the genius of Jean-Luc Ponty on the electric violin. A great "must have" work of art for all Ponty diehard fans or JLP "newbies".
Billy Cobham: Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology (2001, Rhino)
In 1973 Billy Cobham broke from the Mahavishnu ranks and became a bandleader in his own right, crafting some of the most exciting (and occasionally generic) fusion of the 70s and 80s. He started the ball rolling that year with Spectrum , an Atlantic issue which included Mahavishnu keyboardist Jan Hammer, session bassist Lee Sklar, and young guitar wizard Tommy Bolin. Later gatherings under the titanic drummer's leadership featured keyboardist George Duke, bassists John Williams, Alphonso Johnson and Alex Blake, the Brecker Brothers (trumpeter Randy and reedman Michael), guitarists John Scofield and John Abercrombie, and many others. Rudiments collects some of Cobham's best tracks recorded for the Atlantic label, focusing largely upon his amazing drum skills and respectable compositions.
01. Quadrant 4 02. Stratus 03. Anxiety/Taurian Matador 04. Snoopy's Search/Red Baron 05. All 4 One (outtake) 06. The Pleasant Pheasant 07. Spanish Moss 08. Flash Flood 09. Solarization 10. Lunarputians 11. Moon Germs 12. Total Eclipse
01. Shabazz 02. Some Skunk Funk 03. A Funky Thide Of Sings 04. Panhandler Listen 05. Neu Rock N' Roll (outtake) 06. Life & Times 07. 29 08. Earthlings 09. Hip Pockets - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band 10. Juicy - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band 11. Do What Cha Wanna - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band 12. Arroyo
Guitarist Pat Metheny was a member of vibraphonist Gary Burton's group from 1974-1976, but although he had recorded with Burton twice previously, both of those dates also included guitarist Mick Goodrick. This particular set puts more of a focus on Metheny in a quintet that also includes drummer Danny Gottlieb and both Steve Swallow and Eberhard Weber on basses. Metheny contributed three of the six selections, which are joined by a song apiece from Swallow, Weber, and Chick Corea ("Sea Journey"). Although none of the individual songs caught on, the attractive sound of the post-bop unit and an opportunity to hear Pat Metheny in his formative period make this a CD reissue worth exploring.
01 Sea Journey Corea 9:18 02 Nacada Metheny 4:15 03 The Whopper Metheny 5:32 04 B & G (Midwestern Nights Dream) Metheny 8:26 05 Yellow Fields Weber 7:02 06 Claude and Betty Swallow 6:15
i personally think "Sea Journey" is fuckin' awesome!
1. Tabla Suite 2. Dance of Satan 3. Dialogue 4. Taneous 5. Bleecker Partita
Giuseppi Logan - tenor & alto saxophone, bass clarinet, pakistani oboe Don Pullen - piano Eddie Gomez - bass Milford Graves - drums, tabla
Perhaps its the laid-back anarchy of this session or the unusual instrumentation on some tracks (tabla, Pakistani oboe, strummed piano strings) which situate it more in some childlike hippie bohemia instead of the usual high-energy free jazz idiom. Logan comes off as an Ayler/Coltrane with perhaps limited technique and weaker tone. But altogether the players eventually cohere and the considerable charm of this music emerges. This is also pianist Don Pullen's debut in addition to a rare appearance by free jazz shaman Milford Graves.
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." - CHARLIE PARKER