WILLIAM S. FISCHER – “CIRCLES” (1970)
Some seriously heavy tuneage! This one grabbed me recently, sale as I went daytripping through my entire collection, looking for things that I’d downloaded years ago but somehow never managed to listen to. Man, was I sore at myself for having let this one sit for a few years before getting to it. One Final Note sez:
Those who remember the late Herbie Mann only for crossover cheese like “Memphis Underground” or “Push Push” (with its horrifying post-coital cover) may be surprised to learn that the flutist once had a record imprint that was home to Ron Carter, Miroslav Vitous and Phil Woods, among others. This disc, recorded in 1970, was a fascinating opportunity for Mann arranger William S. Fischer to indulge himself under the auspices of Mann’s Embryo label. And indulge is the word. On hand were five cellos (a special obsession for the arranger), guitarists Eric Weissberg (of “Duelling Banjos” fame) and Hugh McCracken, a CCNY track athlete, Bill Robinson, on vocals, and jazz ringers Ron Carter and Billy Cobham.
In addition to the psych-jazz on display, there’s a fair amount of bleepy-blorpy early Moog experimentation. Avanti!