Cover Recordings of Two Early Fusion Classics

May 15, 2010 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

<updated May 19>

The 1970’s saw the emergence and rapid development of jazz fusion styles. I have completed two recordings of two of the classic tunes from this period, from two pioneering fusion bands.

Both recordings are in the vein of my “(could be) *LIVE* (but isn’t)” work, which is a guitar, keys, bass and drums quartet where I play the guitar and bass parts and construct the keys and drum parts from midi loops and programming.

This first recording is a cover of the classic fusion tune “Birdland” written by Josef Zawinul, originally recorded by the seminal fusion group Weather Report and released on their album “Heavy Weather” in 1977.

It was loads of fun to make this arrangement and recording, although I’m not sure I added much original or new to the concept. I slowed it down, put rock-style drums under it, and played the tune on guitar.

One interesting thing was that changing the bass part at all just didn’t work. Jaco’s shadow looms very large here.

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The second recording is Chick Corea’s “Spain”, released by his band Return to Forever on the 1973 album “Light as a Feather”.

This version stays fairly close to the original arrangement, so again I am not sure I added much that is new or original.

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Entry filed under: bass guitar, Guitar, Jazz, jazz fusion, Music, Oldies, Smooth Jazz.

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