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François Cahen — Great Winds
(Great Winds GW 3101.AR, 1979/2000, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2000-10-01

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This reissue, of one of the ex-Zao co-leader's early solo albums, is the inauguration of yet another Musea sub label, Great Winds. This release is notable for its guests — Miroslav Vitous, Michel Seguin, and Jack DeJohnette. A trio of Cahen, Vitous, and Seguin mostly, the sound is a piano, hand drum, and bass type of thing. Dejohnette augments the percussion with a drum kit on two tracks, "A Froggy Day" and closer "Chapel of the Wind." Cahen's piano playing is very Zao-like on this release, although this is definitely jazz, and not fusion, and he does not use any electric piano. Vitous plays bass, both plucked and bowed, and his playing is excellent here, a skilled accompaniment to Seguin's percussion. Compositionally, it is rather typical Mediterranean-styled jazz, well-played, and by great musicians, but somewhat lacking in the fire department. Recommended to Zao completists, but overall, this isn't one of the better jazz albums of the 70s.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 20, 2000 releases, 1979 recordings

Related artist(s): Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitouš, François "Faton" Cahen


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