If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page. This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving. Home Clips. Released Links Wikipedia article on Tale Spinnin' Reviews available at www. Find out more about our use of this data , and also our policy on profanity Find out more about our use of this data. Ndugu was recruited after Josef Zawinul heard him play with Carlos Santana. Weather Report was recording next door to Ndugu in the studio, and Chancler was asked to join them for a recording session.
That session ended up lasting a week and produced Tale Spinnin'. After the record, Ndugu was asked to join the band as a permanent member, but declined in favor of continuing to work with Carlos Santana. All tracks composed by Joe Zawinul unless otherwise noted. In addition to the usual 2-channel stereo version the album was also released by Columbia in in 4-channel quadraphonic sound on LP record and 8-track tape. The quad LP release was encoded in the SQ matrix system.
Steady drum work here with sax playing over top. Great bass from Johnson 6 minutes in as intricate sounds continue. The tempo picks up before 3 minutes but it's brief. I like this one. Well, of their first 6 studio albums i'd rate this as the fifth best. The "RYM" site rates it sixth. One of the things I noticed right away, compared to previous releases, is the less adventurous rythm playing. Where earlier rythm sections in Weather Report were wild and adventurous this new rythm section generally seem content with being a backing group for Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul.
I miss the sound on the early albums where all instruments duelled for a place in the spotlight. The musicianship is of course on a high level even though the rythm section sounds really subdued compared to earlier rythm sections in Weather Report.
They are still incredibly skilled though. Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul steals the spotlight completely on this album and their contributions are as usual also of a very high quality.
When you start your album with a theme that sounds like the main theme from "M. With that said "Tale Spinnin'" is still an enjoyable and technically strong album well written if you enjoy the new musical direction, well produced and very well played by Weather Report and a 3. Man in the Green Shirt is a mostly forgettable opener with some light-jazz melodies and sound effects struggling against a nervous-funky rhythm.
None of it really works. Lusitanos isn't any better and seems to announce the sort of commercial streamlined jazz direction they would take on Heavy Weather. With Between the Thighs we're set for more interesting music, the poppy melodies are discarded in favor of more intricate improvisations with great interplay between the soloists.
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