Tuesday, October 6, 2009
AOTW: Mysterious Traveller- Weather Report-
I suspect not too many of you have heard this, so I think it might make an interesting AOTW- Weather Report's most consistently brilliant album, Mysterious Traveller, which came more or less at the band's peak. Beside the funky Cucumber Slumber and trance like Nubian Sundance sit pieces of unique strangeness and beauty. The album was apparently partially recorded in Zawinul's living room, with kids jumping around on the sofas, and mixed later in the studio, which may account for the intimate yet carefully produced sound.
I should probably warn the folk, pop and rock fans that they'll probably find it drearily noodling or downright irritating, anyone with a certain tolerance for wierdness, electronic music, prog or jazz could get something out of it though.
All Weather Report albums are eclectic, often to the point of being schizophrenic, but Mysterious Traveller probably manages more than any other to retain a certain mystique, a thread of cohesion running through disparate elements. And I can reveal that, although we don't know where he's headed, he is taking a breather in a rest stop quite nearby..