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25 Apr 2017

Working Progress "Working Progress" 1975 France Jazz Rock Jazz Fusion

Working Progress  "Working Progress" 1975 France Jazz Rock Jazz Fusion

“As mentioned yesterday, we have a new patron of the CDRWL - The Alaskan Connection (no, it’s not Sarah Palin). And here’s his first submission. I wasn’t familiar with it prior, not even on one of my many esoteric want lists. And of course guess who’s involved? None other than Mr. Obscuria himself - J.P. Massiera.

This one starts off in the funky fusion style, but it’s a head fake, something you can almost predict with Mr. Massiera. Within the album you’ll find sweetly sung soft female vocals ala Cortex, indigenous islander music, a little Zeuhlish horns - flute and vocal piece, and even some straight jazz. For certain, all of that is fine and dandy, but it doesn’t prepare you for the middle of the album with the lengthy West Indies tribal percussion and underground fuzz guitar soloing. This sequence elevates the album to a must listen experience, even it’s not entirely consistent."Thereupon he gave it a priority 3.   Note the presence of A. Ceccarelli, who is all over fantastic fusion records from France. Bassist Bunny Brunel also made a great fusion record called Touch in the late seventies. If you love the french style of fusion to me this is absolutely a masterpiece, I sit back and hear the insane energy and creativity coming out the speakers and it takes me to paradise. With the breathy sweet female vocals (oddly enough I don’t see a credit for the female vocalist inside), the bits of composed passages, I think you get everything you want in one record in one package here. My one complaint would be that it’s quite short (being under half an hour) – admittedly as was common for french albums.

Take a taste from track 2 with its absolutely anomalous but gorgeous modulations and changes:
” I’m stretching my soul to make it sound like something….“ goes the bizarre commentary in the middle of the song…. dig it, man!!! …ProgNotFrog………….

Bass [Contrabass] – Bunny*
Bass, Vocals – A. Bonfils*
Choir – R. Ceccarelli
Drums – A. Ceccarelli*
Engineer [Sound Engineer] – Massiera J. Pierre*
Guitar – J. C. Chanavat*
Mixed By – Alain Tadie
Percussion – M. Delaporte*
Piano – F. Martin*
Recording Supervisor – Claude Lemoine
Saxophone, Flute – J. David
Trombone – J. Costa*
Trumpet – R. Laily

A1 Chimmey Point
Written-By – André Ceccarelli
A2 Scratch My Stone
Written-By – A. Ceccarelli*, A. Bonfils*
A3 Zoom Nº2
Written-By – Michel Delaporte
B1 Cosmos Nº2
Written-By – Michel Delaporte
B2 Wreck’s Ode
Written-By – M. Delaporte*, A. Bonfils*
B3 Live It Just
Written-By – M. Delaporte*, A. Bonfils*
B4 Marilia
Written-By – Fernando Martin (2)

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