Indie label Iconoclassic Records is reissuing Weather Report’s fifth studio album, Tale Spinnin’.
Released in 1975, the album features amazing bass work by Alphonso Johnson, who was later replaced by Jaco Pastorius after Johnson left to form a band with Billy Cobham and George Duke.
The album received the Jazz Album of the Year award, from Down Beat magazine’s 40th Readers Poll.
Bob Palmer of Rolling Stone said this of the original release: “Tale Spinnin’ sets up a hypnotic groove, loose and funky with more than a touch of Afro-Latin in the rhythm section and engaging melodic detail on top. The compressed lyric intensity and experiments in acoustic/electric orchestration which lent Weather Report’s recent Mysterious Traveller its intriguing surface and structural intricacy are largely missing, and only Josef Zawinul’s “Man in the Green Shirt” and “Five Short Stories” have themes which leave lasting impressions… Despite its relative lightness, Spinnin’ convinces once again that Weather Report is the most adventurous, meticulous and consistently stimulating band working in the electric-jazz idiom.”
Visit Iconoclassic’s web site for more information on Tale Spinnin’ and the other new releases.