JULIAN PRIESTER — Polarization (with Marine Intrusion)

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Album · 1977

Filed under Fusion
By JULIAN PRIESTER

Tracklist

A1.Polarization
A2.Rhythm Magnet
A3.Wind Dolphin
B1.Coincidence
B2.Scorpio Blue
B3.Anatomy Of Longing

Line-up/Musicians

Heshima Mark Williams - bass
Augusta Lee Collins - drums
Ray Obiedo - guitar
Curtis Clark - piano
Ron Stallings - sax
Julian Priester - trombone

About this release

1977 Vinyl LP: "Polarization" Canada ECM ECM-1-1098
1977: Vinyl LP: "Polarization (With Marine Intrusion)" Germany ECM ECM 1098

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When I stumbled on 'Polarization' in a record shop I was hoping I had found a continuation of Priester's psychedelic electronic fusion sound-scapes on 'Love Love', unfortunately 'Polarization' isn't all that, gone are most of the electronics and echo machines, in their place we get a sound that is closer to classic late 70s ECM jazz, in other words; dry, intellectual and sometimes kind of boring. In smaller doses I think this album has very good moments, but taken as a whole it can drag sometimes. The album opens nicely with the song 'Polarization', that features a double tracked spacey Preister trombone duet. This is very nice concert hall ambience and leads into 'Rhythm Magnet' that has the band riding an abstract syncopated groove similar to Herbie Hancock, but where is the drummer? The mix is terrible, the kick and snare are in the other room and only the cymbals cut through, too bad. Side one closes with 'Wind Dolphin' which opens with neo-classical horn/sax arrangements that recall Herbie again. This opening is followed by one of those avant-garde free-for-alls that we have all heard before, eventually the quieter opening theme returns.

Side two opens with 'Coincidence' by guitarist Ray Obiedo. It's a nice Spanish flavored instrumental featuring acoustic guitar and trombone that sits somewhere between mid- 20th century neo-classical and sophisticated lounge music. 'Scorpio Blue' features a lengthy trombone intro whose abstract rambling nature and ECM reverb end up sounding like 'modern music week' at the local college recital, empty room reverb ambience and everything. When the rest of the band kicks in, the song eases into more Debussy/lounge jazz. The album closes with 'Anatomy of a Longing' that once again tries to bring on the Herbie avant-garde space funk, but once again the drums are lost except for this one annoying crash cymbal. Despite the bad mix this one has some nice moments when spaced out quiet orchestrations fill in when the rhythm section drops out. Ray Obiedo also turns in a blazing hard fusion guitar solo, his only one like it on the album.

I think fans of Julian Preister could find a lot to like here, but this album could have been a lot better if someone had remembered where the fader for the snare was.

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