Wednesday 29 April 2020
Passport - Hand Made (1973)
The third album from this band from Germany.
Passport is a quartet on this album with a lineup of drums, bass, guitar, organ, electric piano, mellotron, synths and saxophones.
Klaus Doldinger & co returns again with this album.
Another good piece of art-work meets us again before the music starts. I think the art-work on the first ten Passport albums are really good.
It does not says much about the music, though.....
The music on this forty minutes long album is fusion.
It is fusion driven by electric piano and saxophones. There are also some mellotron, organ and guitars here on the top of the bass and drums.
As a band-leader and a very good saxophonist, Klaus could easily and without much problems made this band and their first albums into saxophone orientated fusion albums. It is to his great credit that the saxophones is just a part of the sound and not the majority of the sound.
The saxophones comes in and drops out where it feels natural. Ditto for the guitars, organ and the electric piano too. And there is plenty of those around on this album too.
Credit where credit is due.
The result is a groovy, intricate fusion album which really engages the listener. There is no great pieces of music here. That aside, this is indeed a good album from a band I am really getting into now.