I remember after first listening to this I thought, "So this is what jazz is all about...taking a musical phrase and repeating it and expanding on it...don't worry about standard time signatures, keys, etc."
It really blew me away. I can't imagine why I actually bought it (8-track, I think), but I'm glad I did. It was 1977--it was probably on the discount rack then.
Definantly some wicked guitar-violin playin'. I'd never heard a guitar (or violin) played that way before.
How does the new remastering sound?
I left my jazz organ gig and came out to California to study Classical Hindustani music in 1968. After three years, I had to leave the school, one of the hardest choices I ever had to make, but as I got back into jazz performance, i discovered the synthesizer, and then the Mahavishnu sound. Jazz that used Indian phrasing, meters and pitch bend. Changed my life. Two years later, I'm living in Big Sur, playing with a band that gas about a sixty song repetiore - maybe a third of the tunes in 4/4. We used to play Birds of Fire, Resolution (the perfect break song...) and others of theirs, along with the Miles/Weather Report traditional fusion repetoire, a lot of Coltrane, plus a bunch of originals. Some of the most interesting music I have had the fortune to experience, and some of the wierdest parties. But we'd be playing a 17/4 shuffle, or a power rock anthem in 15, and they'd be boogying.
oddly enough, three of my songs from that era have just been released by the Prophetz of Time and Space - with Jerry Goodman on violin. An unexpected treasure.
------- It's all about the music - really. I keep telling myself that...