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Transit Express - Couleurs Naturelles  CD (album) cover


Transit Express


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.96 | 14 ratings

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Sean Trane
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4 stars Couleurs Naturelles is TE's last album, but by this time, they're a quintet, having integrated David Rose (violin) as a full-time member. Again recorded in Chateau d'Hérouville under the Laurent Thibault patronage, CN has a very simple and un-comitting artwork, presenting a spent tube of red colour paint and it comes with a text of their other musical project leader, where they are Yves Simon's backing band.

In some ways this album seems to head back towards the debut album and its Mahavishnu influence, partly because of David Rose's violin is reminiscent of Goodman's violin (more that than of Ponty's), thus enforcing the comparison. Strangely enough, this album is more written by Perathoner, the rest of the quintet sharing the equivalent of one good. If I mentioned that Rose's violin reminded me more of Jerry Goodman (rather than Ponty), it's overall effect on the group's sound (and the fact that we are now well into the second half of the 70's) is a shift from first era Mahavishnu and Iceberg towards the second-era Mahavishnu and late 70's Ponty (the Armstrong and Struemer years). Are you sure you're following me? In other words, I'm saying that Rose sounds like Goodman but his effect on the band is that they sound more like bands in which Ponty have been in. There is still a slight Zeuhl slant that could be likened to Potemkine.

This was to be the last album of TE, their third in little more than 18 months and released early 77, but by that time, most likely the group had said everything that they'd had to say, even though I imagine they kept on backing up French singer Yves Simon, and only Perathoner will commit more works to discs. It's pretty hard to tell you which of the three albums is the best, or tell you which one to start with, as they're all good. But you might want to attack this band's oeuvres chronologically

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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