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Moonshadows

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Stump
  2. Involuntary Bliss
  3. Cosmoba Place
  4. Pandora's Box
  5. Up from the Cellar
  6. Amarteifio
  7. On the Case
  8. Unto Thing Own Self Be True


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000GPIFJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 13, 2009
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With all these jazz-funk-fusion bass players such as Stanley Clarke,Jaco Pastorius and the like beginning solo careers in the mid 70's it seemed only fitting that Weather Report's Alphonso Johnson would do the same thing. With a list of over a bakers dozen musicans-everyone from Patrice Rushen,Lee Ritenour,Flora Purim,Ndugu Chancler,Ian Underwood and Gary Bartz you'd think the sound on this album is very cluttered. It doesn't.The music on this album emerges as a musical feast that is easily as potent and meaningful as a Weather Report album such as Mysterious Traveller and Tale Spinnin':with a sound that maintains a fusion of funk,latin and progressive jazz with avante garde touches. "Stump","Up From The Cellar" and "On The Case" are spot on jazz-funk where Alphonso works his bass into grooves AND excellent compositions that that really provide this great musical kick and the groove actually mutates along with the instrumentation as opposed to somewhat against it,setting it well apart from Weather Report. The middle section of the album is set up with the more abstract and atmospheric Brazillian-fusion pieces with "Involuntary Bliss","Cosmoba Place" and "Pandora's Box". All are very beautiful but also very haunting and forboding. Then again,isn't great beauty in pretty much anything kind of the same way? "Amarteifio" presents a very Flora Purimish sound...featuring Flora Purim and it's a wonderful marriage of vocalist and musician's sound combining into one.Read more ›
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This is one of the most under rated bass players of all time. Henceforth this album is a rare find. Alphonso's work with Weather Report laid the ground work for the "Jaco" sound. One of the most innovative bass players of the 70's, Johnson was one of the first to use alot of the electronics common to the bass players of today. It's very evident on this, his debut album. An amazing bassist, second only to Clarke, Johnson is known for his work with many of the costars who help make this album the classic that it is.If you love jazz fusion, this cd is a must for your collection. Different than anything before it was released, this is easily Alphonso's best cd.He makes it sound so easy, until you try to play it. That's the beauty of Alphonso Johnson's Moonshadows.
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See my review of the Collection. Well worth the price if you liked middle period Weather Report or Miroslav's record with herbie Hancock. Progressive funky jazz, with no cliches. All musicians are at their best, and Rit doesn't sound like he's thnking about disco riffs, he just plays his best, and leaves the smooth stuff behind.
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