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Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 - July 26, 1979

1. Opening - 0:46
2. Eye of the Hurricane (Hancock) - 7:48
3. Tear Drop (Carter) - 10:34
4. Domo (Hancock) - 12:35
5. Para Oriente (Williams) - 7:28
6. Pee Wee (Williams) - 8:12
7. One of Another Kind (Hubbard) - 20:48
8. Fragile (Carter) - 9:40

Disc 2 - July 27, 1979

1. Opening - 0:23
2. Eye of the Hurricane (Hancock) - 11:25
3. Tear Drop (Carter) - 9:13
4. Domo (Hancock) - 11:41
5. Para Oriente (Williams) - 6:51
6. Pee Wee (Williams) - 6:27
7. One of Another Kind (Hubbard) - 14:45
8. Fragile (Carter) - 8:32
9. Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young) - 4:45
10. On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington) - 2:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Ron Carter / Bass
- Tony Williams / drums
- Freddie Hubbard / Trumpet
- Wayne Shorter / Soprano Saxophone
- Herbie Hancock / Piano

Releases information

LP 1979 (Japan)
CD 2004

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Review by Kazuhiro
4 stars V.S.O. P(Very Special Onetime performance Quintet) existence might be located in legend existence also between jazz hounds all over the world. Miles Davis expanded it, and musicians derived the concept of Jazz from the creation of Miles and expanded the width of Jazz from the front further at the time that moved backward from the activity for a long time. And, a new musician and musical instruments are taken and Jazz/Fusion spreads in the world. It is true that this V.S.O. P in which Miles was to have participated also left the footprint in the age for the item of Jazz. It might be an album that can be called it is proof to which their music characters at this time splendidly explode. They are participating in festival "Live Under The Sky" of Jazz that started in 1977 in Japan. It was done by "Tokyo" of the city at the center of Japan. The name of the hall was called "Den-en Coliseum". However, this festival moved the place in the hall having the problem of the noise. And, the festival was canceled by sponsor's intention in 1992. "Den-en Coliseum" has already been closed in 1989. Live of wonderful Jazz will believe in 15 years and I believe that the fact done outdoors is a lot of memories of the musician. This album is a performance of the legend that collects the appearance of the third times of the festival.

It is said that terrific rain and the wind were carried to the region in Tokyo in Japan on the day when this performance and the recording were done. And, the trouble from which the performance tried often to be discontinued was contained. However, the musician and the spectator got excited by the blessing of the nature and became the days when a wonderful oneness had been invented. It is a reason why it is called that live of these times third is legend.

Each musician had already competed in various albums and a performance each other had been well informed. Tony that challenges in the world original with the quality improved by the performance with Lifetime including Herbie that the route of Funk is digested and there is a polish in the performance further also develops the brilliant performance. Ron might already also worked on the music that Herbie created and it understand. It always has flexibility, and and, it is approach Freddie, Weather Report, and Solo Album and already Wayne Shorter in Jazz that is the legend. V.S.O. P on which these five people worked will exactly offer the moment of the best to the listener.

The performance of John McLaughlin and Jaco Pastorius also gives the impression that it is terrible and feelings are good by "Para Oriente" that steals the limelight and has a little sentimental feelings back. It is possible to listen to this tune even by "Havana Jam 2". one "Eye Of The Hurricane" of their representative's work And, it is tune where their zeal is felt because it dashes from first to last. "Stella-Dolphin Street" of the tune of the encore is good breath of Herbie and Wayne each other.

The fact where the outdoors live achieved the spirit and zeal is special existence in the history of Jazz though it is not possible to measure and to know distinguished services that this band left. And, they rushed into the wave in the 80's again. The performance by the process where man's morale is really felt is a point that should make a special mention.

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