|Again And Again (The Joburg Sessions)|
|Produced by Chick Corea|
|Released on 1983|
|US JAZZ ALBUMS CHART POSITION #15|
|Find it at GEMM|
T he Thing About Jazz by Dave Connolly. Hereís the thing about jazz: itís a private language between the musicians involved. Itís a group effort aimed inward, which is why it will never be the great communicator that rock & roll is. The musicians may be more talented, the environment more nurturing, but the audience is largely locked out. Thatís why Miles could play with his back to the audience; you were privy to a musical moment in time that wasnít about the musicians or the audience but about the music being played. All of which helps put an album like Again And Again (The Joburg Sessions) into perspective. Recorded in one afternoon during the Quintetís South African tour, itís a portrait of a moment in time that brought five talented musicians together for a world tour. The music is largely incidental; the first side might as well be one long movement of dry Latin jazz. Itís languid, sometimes lyrical. Often the playing is parched, at other times comfortable and sophisticated. Iíve listened to this album again and again, and Iíve learned to pick out ďQuintet #3Ē and ďDiddle DiddleĒ but the rest of the tracks are elusive. The second side is noisier than the first, exploratory pieces pinned down by a steady rhythm. You may only like one side of this album. You may not like either. I have to admit that half the jazz I hear washes over me without leaving a mark. Again And Again is like that; Iíve listened to it over a dozen times and it hasnít expanded my musical world one iota. Not that I donít enjoy the album when I hear it, but it doesnít exist outside of that moment for me. In a sense, jazz is tethered to the moment of creation. And thatís my pennycandy epiphany for today.
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CHICK COREA -- Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, Hohner Duo, OB-Xa, Yamaha GS-1, Prime Time digital delay, cowbell and Chinese cymbal
DON ALIAS -- percussion
CARLOS BENAVENT -- electric bass
TOM BRECHTLEIN -- drums
STEVE KUJALA -- flutes, soprano sax, tenor sax
Norm Ung, Kristen Kasell Nikosey -- design
Milton Avery -- front cover painting
Norman Seeff -- back cover photography
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