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Mysterious Traveller (Remaster)
     

Mysterious Traveller (Remaster)

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by Weather Report
 

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Although saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Joe Zawinul were the creative linchpins of Weather Report, the band’s evolution can be traced through its bass players. With their fourth album, Mysterious Traveller, Weather Report introduced their first electric bassist, Alphonso Johnson. Although he’s been overshadowed by the work of his brilliant

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Although saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Joe Zawinul were the creative linchpins of Weather Report, the band’s evolution can be traced through its bass players. With their fourth album, Mysterious Traveller, Weather Report introduced their first electric bassist, Alphonso Johnson. Although he’s been overshadowed by the work of his brilliant replacement, Jaco Pastorius, Johnson was a superb player himself, and his contributions to the album contribute to its status as a fusion masterpiece. The album shifts between epic numbers (“Nubian Sundance,” “Mysterious Traveller”) lyrical performances (“Blackthorn Rose," “Jungle Book”) and funky workouts (“Cucumber Slumber”) that lend the work variety and drama. Shorter and Zawinul’s playing and compositions are characteristically inspired, (Zawinul’s fascination with world music showing itself with increasing force), while Johnson gives the music a new vibrancy. If you tend to think of Weather Report as virtually beginning with Pastorious, this is a fine place to reinvestigate their history.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Weather Report's fourth recording finds Wayne Shorter (on soprano and tenor) taking a lesser role as Joe Zawinul begins to really dominate the group's sound. Most selections also include bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Ishmael Wilburn although the personnel shifts from track to track. "Nubian Sundance" adds several vocalists while "Blackthorn Rose" is a Shorter-Zawinul duet. Overall the music is pretty stimulating and sometimes adventurous; high-quality fusion from 1974.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646511220
catalogNumber:
65112

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weather Report   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Percussion
Wayne Shorter   Piano,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Shells,Tack Piano
Miroslav Vitous   Bass
Edna Wright   Vocals
Joe Zawinul   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Maracas,Vocals,Melodica,Kalimba,Tamboura,fender rhodes,Tack Piano,Clay Drums
Billie Barnum   Vocals
Skip Hadden   Drums
Alphonso Johnson   Bass,Electric Bass
Steve Little   Timpani
Marti McCall   Vocals
Dom Um Romão   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Triangle,Cabasa
Jessica Smith   Vocals
Ishmael Wilburn   Drums
Isacoff   Cymbals,Tabla,finger cymbals
Donald Ashworth   Ocarina,Woodwind

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Reissue Producer
Wayne Shorter   Producer
Joe Zawinul   Producer
Ron Malo   Engineer
Hal Miller   Liner Notes
Norman Seeff   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Helmut K. Wimmer   Cover Art
Fong Y. Lee   Packaging Manager
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Author

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Mysterious Traveller (Remaster) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
musicdepartment More than 1 year ago
This is great pre-Jaco Album. The sounds on this disc are dated, but very intresting. The track swing hard and Wayne Shorter as always shines thru the layered sounds. Highly recommended.