JULIAN PRIESTER — Polarization (with Marine Intrusion) (review)

JULIAN PRIESTER — Polarization (with Marine Intrusion) album cover Album · 1977 · Fusion Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
js
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.
Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Dance with Me Vocal Jazz
CAROL WELSMAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Clouds Hill Tapes Parts I, II & III Pop/Art Song/Folk
OMAR RODRÍGUEZ-LÓPEZ
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Clouds Hill Tapes. Part I Jazz Related Rock
OMAR RODRÍGUEZ-LÓPEZ
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Clouds Hill Tapes. Part II Pop/Art Song/Folk
OMAR RODRÍGUEZ-LÓPEZ
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

I'm All Yours - Beth Duncan
BETH DUNCAN
js· 7 hours ago
????? ???
YOSHIO SUZUKI
js· 20 hours ago
Mistral - East Bounce
EAST BOUNCE
js· 20 hours ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us