Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Weather Report - Tale Spinnin'

Weather Report's ever-changing lineup shifts again, with the somewhat heavier funk-oriented Leon "Ndugu" Chancler dropping into the drummer's chair and Alyrio Lima taking over the percussion table. As a result, Tale Spinnin' has a weightier feel than Mysterious Traveller, while continuing the latter's explorations in Latin-spiced electric jazz/funk. Zawinul's pioneering interest in what we now call world music is more in evidence with the African percussion, wordless vocals, and sandy sound effects of "Badia," and his synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on the previous two albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore. While not quite as inventive as its two predecessors, this remains an absorbing extension of WR's mid-'70s direction. - by Richard S. Ginell, AMG

Artist: Weather Report
Album: Tale Spinnin'
Year: 1975
Label: Columbia (2002, 24-bit Remastered)
Total time: 43:12

Tracks:
1.  Man in the Green Shirt (Joe Zawinul) 6:29
2.  Lusitanos (Wayne Shorter) 7:25
3.  Between the Thighs (Joe Zawinul) 9:30
4.  Badia (Joe Zawinul) 5:21
5.  Freezing Fire (Wayne Shorter) 7:29
6.  Five Short Stories (Joe Zawinul) 6:56

Personnel:
Joe Zawinul (Melodica, Keyboards, Steel Drums and Vocal)
Wayne Shorter (Soprano and Tenor Saxophone)
Alphonso Johnson (Bass Guitar) - 1-5
Alyrio Lima (Percussion) - 1-5
Ndugu Chancler (Drums) - 1-5

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