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Mysterious Traveller Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000066T3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A quarter-century on, Weather Report's music has dated in a way that Miles Davis's best fusion efforts (including last year's newly unearthed Live at the Fillmore East) haven't. That's especially true of the albums the band made beginning with Mysterious Traveller (1974), at which point the group began looking more to technological advances to further their sound, rather drawing from than the creative brain trust of keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Shorter largely fades into the background here, as Zawinul tests out his battery of Arps and Moogs and Echoplex-equipped electric piano against a busy battery of percussionists. Still, there's a lot of good music on the album, which has been reissued as was--without any added material. "Blackthorn Rose" is a piano (and melodica) and soprano sax duet of lovesome beauty, while the phase-shifting "Nubian Sundance" generates excitement through its orchestrated effects, complex rhythmic scheme, and simulated crowd explosions. New to the ever-evolving Weather Report is bassist Alphonso Johnson, who lends a funkier and more musical touch than his sacked (and highly overrated) predecessor, Miroslav Vitous. --Lloyd Sachs

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For some, the story of Weather Report began with Jaco Pastorius.
ole skipper
The soft Jungle Book features Zawinul playing almost every insterment like guitar,organ,vocals,percussion usual piano and he makes the song sound very professional.
R.Cittern
Thus I was able to appreciate its brilliant use of color and the integration of so many different styles of music into a whole.
Michael Hardin

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Hughes on May 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Following their previous breakthrough album ( "SWEETNIGHTER"), which established the "Weather Report sound", "MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER" (1974) contains a number of interesting compositions that give the recording the feeling (if not the formal unity) of a "suite", an extended journey through varying musical landscapes. Even more than in prior albums, individual improvisation is eschewed in favor of an "orchestral" and textural approach, an aspect of style distinguishing Weather Report from the Mahavishnu Orchestra ( the other great fusion band of the era ).
The adoption and elaboration of funky rhythm & blues "grooves" (a la Curtis Mayfield, et al ) was a vitally important ingredient that lent the music a propulsion and flow analogous to the bop swing feel that had for decades characterized jazz rhythm. To be sure, Weather Report was not the first band to do this; what set them apart was the absolutely seamless manner in which they integrated R&B grooves, achieving an authentic fluency that allowed them to break free from the reigning "rhythmic paradigm" while simultaneously retaining a connection to the older swing feel by virtue of shared (African) roots. Joe Zawinul used this dynamic rhythmic feel as an ideal foundation on which to construct elaborate electronic textures: in his hands, synthesizers were more than the self-indulgent and often hideous sounding toys that have given "fusion" music a bad name.
The opener ( "Nubian Sundance" ) is an extended ( 10 min ) piece reflecting the increasing importance of "world music". Multiple layers of synthesizers add density, with the female vocal backgrounds lending a deft touch to this particularly exuberant tune.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette Belliveau on January 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most people would place Weather Report in the jazz category, rather than World Beat. But let me be different and argue that the international pedigree of this incarnation of Weather Report (Josef Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Alphonso Johnson, Dom Um Romao, Ishmael Wilburn and Miroslav Vitous) places it as World Beat years before its time, based on the rhythms, percussions and harmonies of this masterwork.
Mysterious Traveller displays a world flavor on the tracks "Nubian Sundance" and "Jungle Book," but the strongest track has to be the title one -- indeed, its echoing electric piano and impatient percussion and surging patterns are as mysterious as a streaking otherwordly comet, as shown on the lovely cover art.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peppino on July 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When this many words written, I suppose a different type of "information" should be dispensed, no?
First thought, as I am getting "up in the years", I owned this recording when first issues, and decided to purchase the CD as the nice "discount price" enticed me to put out the $$ and I grabbed it !
Possibly, the most interesting(?)perspective I can give upon revisiting a recording, one that I somehow neglected for years, this is the "trunk of the tree" (one species specific) the "Weather Report Sound" seemed to fianlly congeal.
Weather Report soon became "W.R .featuring the legend Jaco Pastorius", I do not think I need elaborate. this recording introduced the new fase, "before jaco" it might be said.
Jaco's legend no doubt will inspire into "eternity" (I hope his sounds are heard on those angelic clouds promised by that great "sky-god" religion),
and a nice listen to this recording will surely display that Jaco's own compositional growth later on in his career was surely "officially stamped" by one Josef Zawinul, whose harmonic and ritmic concept Jaco certainly devoured voraciosly.
I enjoy this recording even more than I remember , as it is still steeped in the Wayne Shorter "post-Miles" tradition,(there is still Shorter on tenor, where I LOVE Wayne's playing the best. Soprano sax STILL does not stick with me the way WS's muscular tenor does), along with the inventiveness of Mr Zawinul previously described,
and for my taste, the addition of the (still alive and kicking)legend from Brasil, Dom Um Romão on percussions.
Alfonso Johnson's bassistic approach remains relative "underappreciated" since he , like Miroslav Vitous , PRECEEDED a legend in Jaco. AJ keeps the groove percolating, his solo style sofisticated, but very understated and tasteful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This record is appropriately titled, because the music suggests far-off, indistinct lands. "Soundscapes" is a good term to use for the songs. This record contains some of Shorter's best playing, along with his "Native Dancer" release. Mysterious Traveller is less commercial than "Heavy Weather" and impossible to categorize, which is precisely what keeps it so fresh. This is definitely one of the staples in my music collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Kramer on June 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Other reviewers have called this Weather Report's first (or second) effort to merge some fusion sensibilities into their music. I rather see it as their last, greatest effort before tipping too far into the pop/jazz/fusion idiom with the likes of Heavy Weather and Black Market. With Traveler, WR managed to add some funk/fusion sensibilities without losing their delightful quirkiness (especially when it comes to the great Wayne Shorter's unique improvised lines). With later tunes like the ubiquitous "Birdland," their jazz roots were almost (Mr.) gone, but Traveler is not only full of brilliant musical ideas (whether you call it jazz, funk, fusion or whatever), it plays as a cohesive burst of creativity even decades later, despite some dated-sounding synth sounds.

The most obvious characteristic of this recording however, and what most other reviewers fail to note, is how VISUAL this music is. Each track conjures up distinct visual images, attesting to the mystical and cerebral qualities of these seven compositions.

Nubian Sundance is a celebration. Visions of a well-populated, open-air, African plain, peppered with occasional dark visions and building to a triumphant climax.

American Tango is more of a mood than a specific vision. It begins with an air of uncertainty which is abruptly broken by a burst of joy. This is followed by, again, edges of darkness, and concludes with a hint of the happiness shouted earlier.

Cucumber Slumber - Despite brilliant bass work, this track would nowadays read as your basic bland funk groove were it not salvaged by Shorter's inimitable lines.

Mysterious Traveler is an eerie journey through darkened hallways with occasional forays past ominously-clouded skies and through anonymous crowds of hooded strangers.
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