Saturday, July 16, 2016

Oriental Wind - 1977 - Oriental Wind

Oriental Wind
Oriental Wind

01. Tamara-Delihoron 10:15
02. Fidayda 4:35
03. Les Noto 4:30
04. Dere Geliyor Dere 13:17
05. Sari Kiz 6:22

Bass – Palle Danielsson
Drums, Percussion, Berimbau, Kalimba [African Finger Piano] – Okay Temiz
Flute, Bagpipes, Baglama [Saz] – Haci Tekbilek
Piano – Bobo Stenson
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Lennart Åberg

Recorded on April 16th and 17th, 1977 at Metronome Studio, Stockholm, Sweden.

A breed of interesting ethnic jazzy-fusion. The deserty storms of the esoteric deserts are generated by flutes, saxes and even a surprise appearance of bagpipes. It all creates some wonderful imagery once these complex rhythms start pounding away under the windy atmosphere. What i find annoying is that some of the songwriting here stumbles on the stone of pedestrian "academic" jazz. You know, these are the predictable and long acoustic piano solos that you've heard on every jazz record. Be more flexible guys!

Bands like Embryo and even Missus Beastly could make their keyboards explore much more creative ground, since they enabled more interaction/variation between the instruments. I prefer the last two tracks here, the piano player there isn't as prominent as he is in the beginning and the tracks have less conventional jazz and Swedish folk hints as well. An exiting, but somewhat marred scenery of Eastern exoticism.



  2. Whoever wrote that review seems not to be too familiar with famed pianist Bobo Stenson who has toured and recorded with the likes of Don Cherry, Jan Garbarek, Charles LLoyd and Thomasz Stanko...