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Tomorrow Never Knows
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop
Saxophonist Steve Marcus spent the late 60's & early 70's touring & recording with Gary Burton, Herbie Mann & Larry Coryell as well as playing with guitarist Sonny Sharrock & vibe man Roy Ayers. This album was originall... more »
Saxophonist Steve Marcus spent the late 60's & early 70's touring & recording with Gary Burton, Herbie Mann & Larry Coryell as well as playing with guitarist Sonny Sharrock & vibe man Roy Ayers. This album was originally released on Atlantic's Vortex label in 1968 & makes its CD debut here. Produced by Herbie Mann & featuring Larry Coryell on guitar - the 'jazz' band works its way thru free form psychedelic rock versions of songs by The Byrds ('Eight Miles High'), Donovan ('Mellow Yellow'), & the Beatles (an 11 minute freakout of 'Tomorrow Never Knows' & 7 minutes of 'Rain'). Fans of lounge-core kitsch will enjoy these late 60's pop music instrumental grooves, while modern jazz fans will love the Coltrane-like freak out of Marcus' sax work & rock fans will dig some of Coryell's most distorted & shredding guitar work. A 16 page booklet with new liner notes & rare photos is included. 6 tracks. Water. 2003.
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T. Bombara | San Francisco, CA United States | 03/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is some great stuff. I'm not so sure I agree with those that would suggest this to the lounge crowd, this is an early melding of rock and jazz which leans towards the modal and free jazz sounds of the day. The song choices are particularly good. Listen to how Steve Marcus makes the Coltrane influences on Eight Miles High that Roger McGuinn had only hinted at explicit. The choices in Beatles covers are spot on, the modalities in the originals lend themselves to the improvisations that are laid on top of them. The Mellow Yellow cover starts as a bit of a clinker, but when Steve and the great Larry Coryell start blowing apart the melody, all is forgiven. Terrific guitar from Coryell, and great Coltrane inspired playing from Marcus make this a must for any jazz/rock/fusion aficianados, expecially if you are interested in the history of where it came from and where it might have gone."