…unless you’re Stephen Guy. (Who, by the way, almost certainly introduced me to this band. Have you started on that guest post yet, Steve?)
This is a literary blog. While the theme is movies, music and books, it’s really about words and how these themes inspire them. Every now and again, though, we’re going to let one of the themes stand largely on its own. Today, it’s music in the form of 1970s jazz fusion from saxophonist Klaus Doldinger’s band Passport.
This first bit is Ataraxia part I & II, from the album Sky Blue, released in 1978.
Listen, and enjoy.
This second, Heavy Weight, hails from Sky Blue.
Jazz fusion synthesises the genres of jazz and rock and developed along side progressive and art rock forms in the 1970s and late 1960s. Often heavily influenced by world music sounds and modalities (Brand-X, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti), fusion also electrified jazz, literally, not just with guitars (which traditional jazz artists had already incorporated) but by bringing in the completely new sounds of synthesisers (Chick Corea, Passport, Caldera) and, later, computer generated effects (Pat Metheney).
Doldinger, by the way, is perhaps most well known for having composed the scores for the German film, Das Boot (The Boat) and The Neverending Story. Das Boot, for those unfamiliar with the title, grippingly tells the story of a German U-Boat crew hunting Allied ships in the Atlantic during WWII. One of cinema’s great creations, and Doldinger’s score weaves deftly throughout.
The third and final piece is Bird of Paradise, also from Iguacu.
There’s no quiz at the end, but do let me know if the journey was worth your time…so I know whether to subject you to this kind of stuff again.