Posted 04 September 2005 - 02:08 PM
I can't think of any flaws on this one.
It's the best album Abercrombie ever made, in my opinion. Wish there were more like it.
A piece like Lungs (and to a lesser degree, Red And Orange) has the Mahavishnu energy but leans more towards jazz, not so much of the involved composition and Indian stuff. I consider this one to be an extension of the Tony Williams Lifetime in terms of the evolution of the organ trio. Compared to MO, there's more listening, more interplay, less crash and bash and battling. I'm sure the trio compared to quintet has something to do with this, but it's also about DeJohnette as opposed to Cobham. I also love to hear Jan Hammer on organ instead of Rhodes.
The acoustic duets also have that kinship with the Mahavishnu pieces like Lotus on Irish Streams, for example.
It's kind of amazing that this is on ECM but it was a New York session and fairly early on. I guess there was some overdubbing of synthesizer parts, but it's still got a very live feel.
For those who haven't checked out the other renditions of the tunes on this album, I encourage doing this:
Jan Hammer: Red And Orange (Oh Yeah?, Nemperor)
Elvin Jones: Lungs (Merry-Go-Round, Blue Note)
Oregon: Timeless (Friends, Vanguard)
Ralph Towner: Timeless (Solo Concert, ECM)
Gerry Niewood: Timeless (Timepiece, Horizon)
Ralph Towner: Ralph's Piano Waltz (Solo Concert, ECM)
Gerry Niewood: Ralph's Piano Waltz (Timepiece, Horizon)
Abercrombie has also revisited RPW on some of his things.
Can't think of other recordings of the duet pieces. Perhaps there aren't any.
BTW, for flaws, you'd have to go to the reunion album (Night).