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Tale Spinnin'
Weather Report
Tale Spinnin'
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
Recorded and originally released in 1975, Tale Spinnin , Weather Reports s fifth studio album, is an overlooked gem that stands with anything recorded during the 'jazz-rock fusion' era. On a range of fresh, intriguing orig...  more »

      
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All Artists: Weather Report
Title: Tale Spinnin'
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Iconoclassic
Release Date: 2/17/2009
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Jazz Fusion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 886974573722

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Recorded and originally released in 1975, Tale Spinnin , Weather Reports s fifth studio album, is an overlooked gem that stands with anything recorded during the 'jazz-rock fusion' era. On a range of fresh, intriguing originals by the band s co-founders and principle composers, keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Zawinul s pioneering interest in what we now call world music is more in evidence, and his synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology. Shorter s work on soprano sax is more animated than on Weather Report s previous two albums, and Alphonso Johnson brings his melodic bass to the fore. Rolling Stone said of this album, 'Tale Spinnin sets up a hypnotic groove, loose and funky with more than a touch of Afro-Latin in the rhythm section and engaging melodic detail on top. . . Spinnin convinces once again that Weather Report is the most adventurous, meticulous and consistently stimulating band working in the electric-jazz idiom.' Was also the 'Jazz Album of the Year', in the 40th Down Beat Readers Poll.

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A true master piece
A musician | Denmark | 06/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is their fifth album released in 1975. I have always loved their music, which was a huge inspiration and I almost grew up with the group, exploring each new album as they came along one by one. And I do believe that Tale Spinnin' is somehow a bit overlooked - well in many ways it is my personal favorite in their whole discography, because it somehow stands precisely in the middle of the "old" and "new" Weather Report. It contain the looseness of the older albums (Sweetnighter and Mysterious Traveler), but also predicts the tightness and more arranged sound found in albums like "Black Marked" and "Heavy Weather". In other words the album still posses the mysterious and spiritual quality found in the earlier releases, but parred with a more arranged style and production - which moreover mean that they still improvise a lot with a freedom that somehow got lost about the time "Heavy Weather" was released (this doesn't mean that Heavy Weather is bad - just different).

The rhythm section is fantastic, Alphonso Johnson and N'dugu Chandler - I've never heard N'dugu play as great as this and the interplay is formidable - and this is THE album where Wayne Shorter is seriously let loose - he really plays his heart out on this album - amazing. It's fantastic to hear this album today and to experience how timeless it somehow is - take the song Badia for instance, it is almost like hearing a kind of world-music released only yesterday, beautiful!!! Zawinul paints the pictures with his fantastic keyboard sounds and he also deliver the majority of the compositions. This album is a true gem - highly recommended!"