Mysterious Traveller Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I am buying some older CDs from the back catalog of Weather report. I very much liked this one, particularly the opening tune "Nubian Sundance" (a live performance) and... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite WR albums pre Jaco. Had to get it on CD and vinyl (again).Published 2 months ago by M. G. Keen
Have the LP when was released, wanted to travel with the CD. Sublime, rediscovered WReport.Published 2 months ago by Patrice
Great album. The kind you get up on Sunday and listen to.Published 4 months ago by James A. Goforth Jr.
This was Weather Report's fourth LP (not counting the "Live in Tokyo"), and, in my opinion, their best. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marco Buendia
It stuns me how much The Pat Metheny Group borrowed from Weather Report. ( exhibit A: the track Jungle Book from this record) I am not complaining about this fact but just... Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Lapine
This album is one of many that I am attempting to rediscover. Got lost along the way... This is, in my opinion, one of their best albums.Published 8 months ago by Pat Ludwig