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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Madura - Madura II (1973 us, splendid progressive jazz rock)

As members of Bangor Flying Circus, guitarist Alan De Carlo and singer/keyboardist David "Hawk" Wolinski recorded a decent 1969 album for ABC Dunhill. When that outfit folded in 1970, the pair elected to continue their partnership as the Chicago-based Madura with the addition of drummer Ross Salomone.

Finding a sponsor in the form of James William Guerico (who'd enjoyed considerable success with The Buckinghams and The Chicago Transit Authority), the trio subsequently won a contract with Columbia Records. With Guerico producing, at least to my ears much of 1971's "Madura" sounded like an early Chicago album though thankfully without the irritating horns.

With all three members sharing writing duties (there was one outside cover), the collection bounced around between pop ('I Think I'm Dreaming'), FM-oriented rock ('Drinking No Wine'), jazzy interludes (''My Love is Free'), and more experimental excursions ('Hawk Piano'). These guys were clearly quite talented. Wolinski had a nice voice that sounded a bit like a cross between Chicago's Terry Kath and Robert Lamm, (he also played a mean Hammond organ).

De Carlo also had a decent voice and a knack for spinning off catchy jazz-tinged solos. While there were several strong compositions, allowing the trio to stretch out over four sides was probably a mistake since it forced them to fill up lots of space with poorly deigned jams and experimentation ('Plain as Day').

Hard to imagine Columbia, or any major label allowing a new band to debut with a double album, nineteen track set in this day and age . A second album recorded in 1972 and released early 1973 before the band split and each one of the members took their own road.

1. Livin' in America (Madura, J.W. Guercio, T. Kath) - 5:04
2. Doctor Honornis Causa (Joseph Zauinul) - 8:25
3. I'm in the Mood for Love (Jimmy Mc Hugh, Dorothy Fields) - 1:39
4. If You Got the Dime (David Wolinski) - 4:10
5. First Time (David Wolinski) - 2:46
6. My Favorite Things (Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein) - 2:26
7. Windy One (David Wolinski) - 3:45
8. Stagger Lee (H. Logan, L. Price) - 3:43
9. Save the Miracle (David Wolinski) - 4:24

*David "Hawk" Wolinski - Keyboards, Vocals
*Alan DeCarlo - Guitar, Vocals
*Ross Salomone - Drums, Vocals
Guest Musicians
*Terry Kath - Bass
*Robert Lamm - Piano
*Lee Loughane - Trumpet
*James Pankow - Trombone
*Walter Parazaider - Saxophone
*Wayne Shorter - Sax (Tenor)
*Joe Zawinul - Keyboards

1971  Madura

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kobilica said...

Their first album is to me great with outstanding guitar work.Many thanks for this second album.Never heard it before...

Solidboy said...

Marios aspettavo da tempo questo album. Grazie Mille. Amo i Madura alla follia

Jamie (tacobueno) said...

Thank you very much Marios! koblica's comment about their 1st album intrigues me - hope to hear it some time. Been on a real jazz & brass rock kick lately.

dr.bigsound said...

Thanks Marios to post this excellent jazz rock album, please could you post the first album?

MIF said...

"Doctor Honornis Causa" is really a great composition well played by Madura with the interpolation of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"!!!. And then Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter...Many thanks Marios!

DanP said...

Thanks once again Marios, this can nowjoin BFC and the s/t in my collection!

rantrob said...

I forgot about this one completely. Thanks, for the reminder. For some reason I love the Madura discs.

CL said...

If You Got The Dime: I love that song since 1973 ..

zappafan said...

Dang...I'm way too late for this one. Any chance of a re-upload?

Marios said...

.....Madura is back....

Guitarradeplastico your favorite musician said...

Many thanks, Marios