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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
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“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………….

Credits 
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

Tracklist 
A1 Chimmey Point 
Written-By – André Ceccarelli 
4:50 
A2 Scratch My Stone 
Written-By – A. Ceccarelli*, A. Bonfils* 
3:35 
A3 Zoom Nº2 
Written-By – Michel Delaporte 
4:45 
B1 Cosmos Nº2 
Written-By – Michel Delaporte 
3:45 
B2 Wreck’s Ode 
Written-By – M. Delaporte*, A. Bonfils* 
3:00 
B3 Live It Just 
Written-By – M. Delaporte*, A. Bonfils* 
3:05 
B4 Marilia 
Written-By – Fernando Martin (2) 
4:50 

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