John McLaughlin: Where Fortune Smiles (1970)
The compositions, all by McLaughlin and Surman, have strong head arrangements that are not directly quoted in the free improvisations that follow. Fortune does not even hint at rock or fusion. Do not expect any of the usual clear themes, call and response playing, or unison lines. These differences, which may confound many McLaughlin fans, are also its greatest strengths.
Free jazz is what this release is all about. For listeners who don't normally immerse themselves in this sort of thing, it's a record that can be enjoyed only about once a year. But it remains a must-listen. Whoa! Listen...is that a quote which will later turn into "One Word" from Birds Of Fire ? Listen to McLaughlin's far-out guitar. Listen to Holland's resonating bass. Listen to Surman as he reveals things to come. Listen for a historical perspective on music which McLaughlin would later deliver.
Related link: John McLaughlin Reviews @ All About Jazz .
Track Listing: Glancing Backwards; Earth Bound Hearts; Where Fortune Smiles; New Place, Old Place; Hope
Personnel: John McLaughlin- guitar; John Surman- saxophone; Karl Berger- vibraphone; Stu Martin- drums; Dave Holland- bass
Style: Modern Jazz