The Night Beat with Geoff Anderson

The fundraiser edition of the Vinyl Vault will feature tunes from several Return to Forever albums; “No Mystery,” “Where Have I Known You Before” and “Best of Return to Forever.” Primarily the brainchild of Chick Corea, Return to Forever was one of the foremost fusion bands of the 1970s. These three albums concentrate mainly on the most second and electric of the various incarnations of RTF, but “Best of” includes some tracks from the third iteration of RTF with horns and vocals.

This week’s Vinyl Vault features the second album from Ralph Towner’s band Solstice, “Sound and Shadows.” Released in 1977 on ECM Records, the album finds Towner on 12 string and classical guitars as well as piano and even French Horn. The other players in the quartet were ECM stars and included Jan Garbarek on soprano and tenor saxes as well as flute, Eberhard Weber on bass and cello and Jon Christensen on drums. Towner composed all the songs on the album. By this time the band had been together off and on for several years and was achieving a polished unity in their ensemble playing.

This week’s "Vinyl Vault" will feature a 1974 ECM release from the Gary Burton Quintet, “Ring.” Eberhard Weber on bass joins the quintet making for a two bass ensemble. The album also features a 19-year-old Pat Metheny, two years before his debut as a bandleader. Mick Goodrick is another guitarist on the album and Steve Swallow is the other bass player. The whole thing is anchored by Bob Moses on drums. The music melodically floats in that ethereal ECM way while understated grooves come and go like clouds across the sun. Experience it!

Violinist Jerry Goodman made a name for himself with the Mahavishnu Orchestra laying down searing solos in the midst of that band’s blistering intensity. Goodman’s 1985 album, “On the Future of Aviation” is in marked contrast to those earlier days. This album was released on the Private Music label which was devoted to acoustic and electric instrumental music as envisioned by the artists without interference for marketing considerations. “On the Future of Aviation” is subtle, yet complex; intricate yet understated.

The Vinyl Vault kicks off 2018 with a classic from George Benson, “Good King Bad” from 1976. This is one of Benson’s CTI releases and it has that trademark CTI funky sound provided by musicians such as Ronnie Foster, Don Grolnick, Fred Wesley, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Farrell with arrangements by James Brown alum David Matthews. Bring in the New Year with some tasty George Benson. Join Geoff Anderson on the Vinyl Vault, Tuesday, January 2 at 8:30 on KUVO.