Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Weather Report "Tale Spinnin'"

Weather Report

"Tale Spinnin'"
( LP Columbia Records, 1975 )
Catalog # PC 33417

A1 - Man In The Green Shirt
A2 - Lusitanos
A3 - Between The Thighs
B1 - Badia
B2 - Freezing Fire
B3 - Five Short Stories

Personnel & Credits:
Bass - Alphonso Johnson (tracks: A1 to B2)
Drums - Leon Ndugu Chancler (tracks: A1 to B2)
Keyboards [Tonto] - Joe Zawinul (tracks: A1 to A3)
Percussion - Alyrio Lima (tracks: A1 to B2)
Piano [Acoustic] - Joe Zawinul (tracks: A2, B1, B3)
Piano [Rhodes] - Joe Zawinul (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Producer - Joe Zawinul , Wayne Shorter
Saxophone [Soprano] - Wayne Shorter (tracks: A1 to A3, B2)
Synthesizer [Arp 2600] - Joe Zawinul (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)

Track B1: Joe Zawinul is also credit as playing the mzuthra, but this is most likely
a typo and it is unclear what this instrument is.

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. Copyright © 2010 All Media Guide, LLC. Content provided by All Music Guide ®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. All rights reserved.)

By Celo

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