Excellent return to straight ahead jazz
Dean Monti | 03/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why this title is out of print, or why it has become an $80-90 rarity. I bought it on vinyl when it came out and although I'd be hard pressed to make a case for spending $80 for a rare version of the CD, it remains the first and my favorite Tony Williams album when he returned to Blue Note in the 1980s. There are a few odd moments when Tony seems to be struggling with leaving fusion behind -- some synth drum intros here and there. But that aside, Foreign Intrigue, Life of the Party and Arboretum are great cuts -- full of energy and inventiveness. And for this return to Blue Note, Williams enlisted fellow Blue Note post-bopper Bobby Hutcherson on vibes (and Ron Carter on bass). Unfortunately, it was the last time he used Hutcherson -- for the rest of his Blue Note albums he kept a quintet (and a good one, at that -- I just never felt as excited by it as I did by this first group). Hutcherson's solos, Carter's accompaniment, and Williams playing and compositions, make this one of the best in Tony Williams late period. It's a shame he's gone too soon and a shame this release has become such a rarity."
Great CD, Great Artist!
Peter Dicesare | 07/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For anyone looking to buy Foreign Intrigue or any of his latest recordings with blue note, go for the recently released Tony Williams mosaic select which includes Foriegn Intrigue, Civilization, Angel Street, Native Heart and The Story of Neptune! It is a collection of all the blue note recordings, and include some of his rarest cd's! These rare cd's alone can go for over $100! I recommend looking into this as it is an awesome solution for all those in search of Foreign Intrigue and Civilization, and it's only $50 as well!"
Dennis Drud | Denmark | 03/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is not Tony Williams best cd. But it was his debut on Blue Note , after being of the label since the late 60'ties. The Compositions on this cd is not near the quality of the compositions on his next album " Cvilization." ; with the exception of Sister Sherryl , wich is this cd's best tune. The Players are doing a good job , but the band isn't so together as again on Civilization.It is also a sextetalbum with Bobby Hucherson added on Vibes. All in all An ok. album , but not his best on blue note. But check it out.D. D. / Denmark."