Tones for Joan's Bones / Mountains in the Clouds
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The compositions and musicians on Miroslav Vitous' "Mountain In The Clouds" are some of the most progressive and innovative ever recorded. The moods range from quiet, cerebral, and transcendental as in "Epilogue" and "Infinite Search", to unrelenting, up-tempo jams as in "Freedom Jazz Dance" and especially "I Will Tell Him On You". The latter featuring one of the best, most astonishing guitar solos by John McLaughlin, very much like his work on Tony Williams' "Emergency" cd. The rest of the musicians on the album are basically a "who's who" in the business: Joe Henderson on sax, Herbie Hancock on piano, Miroslav on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums all add their unique personalities to a timeless classic.
Then you get to the mind-blowing crunchiness that is the opus magnum led by Miroslav Vitous, _Mountain in the Clouds_. This group is incredible. There's Miroslav's bass virtuosity, some tasty Rhodes tickling by Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin's guitar churning and peppering the brew, Joe Henderson's sax ripping through the mix, and Jack DeJohnette's drums conjuring up the wickedest of Tony Williams and Joe Chambers! The set is bookended by the furious jams of the oft-revisited Eddie Harris tune "Freedom Jazz Dance", and Vitous's own "I Will Tell Him On You", between which are two more-contemplative numbers, "Epilogue" and "Infinite Search", and a couple of shortish interludes. One track from the original LP, "When Face Gets Pale," is missing from this twofer due to CD space constraints, which is too bad.
Either LP is certainly worth the price of a CD (heck, _Mountain in the Clouds_ is worth at least TWO!), so both together is a terrific buy. Highly, highly recommended.
Originally titled: "Infinite Search" and released on the ATCO label in 1969. This album is a rare find and is re-mastered to audiophile standards.
The Corea album included on the CD is pretty good too, but this disc is worth the price for the classic Miroslav Vitous Quintet album alone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always loved Miroslav's Mountain in the Clouds and finding it through Amazon as part of a double with Chick Corea's Tones for Joan's Bones was a bonus. Enjoying it.Published on September 1, 2012 by bod
Buyer beware. The Miroslav album is missing the track "When Face Gets Pale" due to "time constraints" and all the Miroslav songs were encoded at a very low sampling rate thus... Read morePublished on August 23, 2008 by Odd sense of timing