(All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
In 1975, technology being what it was, was leaping beyond bounds, as for not only was the recording technology getting better also the instruments were also getting better. Josef Zawinul was already great on the limited and often bulky keyboards he was using, Tale Spinnin' was the first time that Josef used the Arp synthesizer. That then altering the band's sound and thrust Josef Zawinul, to the top as Jazz's leading synthesizer innovator.
Tale Spinnin' in comparison is a better recorded and a much light version of the band's previous album Mysterious Traveller. The personnel on the album is different, mainly the percussion department as the band settled on just two, that being Ex-Headhunter Leon "Ngudu" Chandler and Percussionist Alyrio Lima, whom took over for Do Um Ramao (whom retired from the band before the recording).
Tale Spinnin' only features six songs, but all of the songs went onto become long time live standards, especially "Badia" and "Man In The Green Shirt". Tale Spinnin is a wonderful album, and a presage to what the commercial Jazz scene would eventually sound like.
Album Rating: Four and a half stars