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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.99 | 17 ratings

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4 stars Surely the German equivalent to Soft Machine - and in a very good way - teutonic sextet Sunbirds debut album should seriously excite jazz fans who like a bit of the exciting 1970's and furiously inventive fusion movement. Released in 1971 and featuring a line-up consisting of four different nationalities overall - Philip Catherine(guitar), Ferdinand Povel(flute), Fritz Pauer(keyboards), Jimmy Woode(bass), Juan Romero(percussion) and Klaus Weisse(drums) - this impressively-played, mystically-potent psychedelic opus finds the musicians firing-up electric jazz and oddball krautrock invention into a densely cosmic mixture that stretches across the bulk of albums six excellent tracks, colouring each-and-every with a slick, neon-lit fluidity that lights up the complex passages and quicksilver timing There are of course lighter moments, with opening number 'Sunbirds' exhibiting a more conventional streak and slight big-band-bent, yet for most this is very much Soft Machine- meets-Miles Davis 1969 to 1975 'electric' period-meets-Embryo-meets-German underground- of-the-late-sixties. So, highly recommended then. Go Listen. Now. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012
stefro | 4/5 |


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