- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Embryo 524 (1970)
Description by OLDIES.com:
As one of the foremost jazz bassists of the jazz-rock movement, Czechoslovakian-born Miroslav Vitous carved a niche as a much-in-demand and influential player in the 1960's and 1970's and was a founding member of the popular group, Weather Report. This original Atlantic album boasts a splendid line-up of the distinguished, including jazz legends Joe Henderson, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, and Jack DeJohnette, with production by Herbie Mann. Highlights include the still-powerful "Mountain In The Clouds," "Freedom Jazz Dance," and "Infinite Search."
- 1.Freedom Jazz Dance
- 2.Mountain In The Clouds
- 3.When Face Gets Pale
- 4.Infinite Search
- 5.I Will Tell Him On You
Personnel includes: Miroslav Vitous (bass); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); John McLaughlin (guitar); Jack DeJohnette, Joe Chambers (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York on October 9-10, 1969. Originally released on Embryo (524).
Personnel: Miroslav Vitous (guitar, synthesizer); John McLaughlin (guitar); Joe Henderson (saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Jack DeJohnette, Joe Chambers (drums).
Audio Remixer: Lewis Hahn.
Liner Note Author: Mort Fega.
Recording information: A & R Recording Studios, NY.
Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
With John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Jack DeJohnette, this group rivaled the best fusion bands of the day. It must have been an intimidating challenge for a young Czech bassist to lead such a group on his debut album as a frontman, especially since he composed five of the six tracks. Recorded a year after the historic Bitches Brew and the year before Vitous began a stint with the innovative Weather Report, this was trend-setting fusion. It's produced by Herbie Mann, for whom Vitous played on such albums as Memphis Underground and Stone Flute. ~ Mark Allan