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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Joe Garage, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. Joe Garage

    Joe Garage

    Mar 13, 2005
    The Mysterious Traveller is one of my favourite Weather Report albums! Alphonso Johnson is a great bass player and he got such an awesome sound!

    Anybody else like this album?

  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I imagine every fan of the band likes that album!

    ...it's transitional, too.
    Miroslav was getting the boot as AJ was coming aboard.
    (Notice how Vitous is barely on the cover?).
  3. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    if you havent already, the japanese mastersound is worth checking out. it has a bonus track called "miroslav's tune". its pretty interesting.

    but, yeah. this is one of my favorite wr albums. im a pretty big weather report geek as i have all the studio releases and about 20 cd's worth of boots. i just got done yesterday transcribing shorter's lusitanos off of tale spinin' yesterday to play with my group. there's some cool stuff going on in that tune.

    these are my fav wr discs-
    mysterious traveller
    tale spinin
    black market
    night passage
    sportin life

    if you're a fan of johnson's work, you should check out his message board. ive asked him some questions about his era of wr and he had some interesting insights.
  4. Mysterious Traveller, Tale Spinnin and Black Market are my favorites of all the WR albums and I really enjoy the AJ tracks on Live and Unreleased as well. Between the Thighs and Cucumber Slumber are 2 of the coolest tunes ever mainly due to AJ's bass.
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics

    Nothing much to add, except that I've enjoyed seeing Alphonso with Cobham/Duke, Santana, and Bob Weir quite a bit too.
  6. Joe Garage

    Joe Garage

    Mar 13, 2005
    Thanks for your suggestions! I must check out Tale Spinnin and Black Market.
  7. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Dare I say that I like the Miroslav / Alphonso periods more than the Jaco and Victor bands?

    I have some video of WR when it was Zawinul/Shorter/Vitous/Mouzon/Um Ramao and they are great! Playing in a looser 'Bitches Brew' vein than the later more tightly arranged groups.

    I also video of the same lineup playing 'Dr Honoris Causa' in Germany with the great British saxophonists John Surman and Alan Skidmore joining in - great stuff. Mouzon's negative remarks about Surman and Skidmore contributed to his leaving WR.
  8. jivetkr


    May 15, 2002
    cucumber slumber is one of my favorite WR tunes.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I pretty much agree.
    More Wayne with the pre-Jaco/Victor versions.
    Too bad Ndugu Chancler only lasted the one record(Tale Spinning)...hearing Gregg Errico on cans with WR woulda been interesting, too.
  10. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Mysterious Traveller was also one of the first jazz albums that used the studio to full effect....kinda like Steely Dan did in later years. Probably my favorite WR album....as much as I love Jaco, My favorite WR albums are the ones with Alphonso on them.