Sunday, February 14, 2016

Forty Seven Times It's Own Weight - 1975 - Cumulo Nimbus

Forty Seven Times It's Own Weight 
Cumulo Nimbus

01. Weedhopper   
02. March Of The Goober Woobers   
03. 47 Tears   
04. Jig   
05. Halyards   
06. Cumulo Nimbus

Bass – Spencer Starnes
Drums – John Treanor
Piano – Dude Skiles
Saxophone – Paul Ostermayer
Trumpet – Mel Winters

This has been a true collectors item for many years changing hands for silly money (I've been outbid on ebay more times than I care to remember)mainly on the strength of the magnicently titled furiously funky breakbeat and clavinet driven"March of the Goober Woobers".
As you can imagine I was delighted to see it's just been reissued on cd so I snapped one up at Dusty Groove and here it is in its magnificent entirety-all killer no filler!

Funky and free-thinking fusion from the Texas scene of the mid 70s – a great indie album by a group who travelled in the same territory as the soul combo Starcrost! Although American, the work here has some great qualities that remind us of some of the best European fusion from the same time – a sense of soaring, stretching energy – and one that never resorts to too much jamming to carry across its message, and which juxtaposes heavier rhythms with some gentler tunes that really allow the horn parts some wonderful moments! Instrumentation include soprano sax, tenor, trumpet, electric and acoustic piano, and a fair bit of percussion too – all recorded with a great sense of warmth, almost in the mode of some of the best Fantasy Records 70s sessions!

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