While fellow Yes warrior, Jon Anderson was slaving away
on Olias of Sunhillow (featuring Classic Song 19), Swiss
big cheese keyboardist, Patrick Moraz was recording
one of his finest solo albums, "The Story of I".
Inspired by conversations with, and observations by Anderson,
Moraz inventively created a concept album that still inspires
and challenges today, 35 years after its original release.
Moraz deftly blended disparate musical influences,
including jazz, fusion, prog, classical and Brazilian
music, yielding a complex and very moving sound
that is still singular to Moraz - still very influential.
The album's storyline is basically fantastic in nature,
yet the musical performances by not only Moraz,
but Jeff Berlin, Ray Gomez and a troupe of
top Brazilian percussionists are at once
vital, visceral AND cerebral.
For your consideration:
"The Storm/Cachaca (Baiao)".
But first, an image from my deep, dark past,
taken in the Mosby rumpus room in 1973
(notice the Teac 3340, open reel recorder).
Mozz the Elder