Sunbirds - Zagara. 1973 Germany

Sunbirds - Zagara. 1973 Finger/Polydor

UMR feature of Sunbirds' debut

CD reissue: 2015 Garden of Delights

Release details: Single sleeve cover and quite scarce, similar to the debut. Unlike Sunbirds' debut, however, I was never able to secure one for the collection. Not sure I need to now, as GoD has come through with a fine CD reissue, with all their usual trimmings (historical essay, photos). The sound seems sourced from LP, though it's not stated as such. To my ears, the sound is excellent all the same. There is a 2 minute bonus track, but it is nothing more than a tuned percussion accompaniment.

Notes: Zagara is a more traditional jazz outing than Sunbirds' awesome debut. However, there are still some great moments to behold. Both Fire Dance and Ocean Song bring back the strobe light Kraut jazz rock groovliciousness, where our fantasy girl in white thigh high go-go boots returns for one more dance. African Sun and My Dear Groovin are also at a high level of melody, atmosphere, and grooves. The other tracks are more or less straight-up flute jazz, though all are thoroughly enjoyable if the genre is favorable to you. Along with the flute - piano, jazz guitar, and a cracking rhythm section provide the necessary ingredients. So perhaps not the ultimate essential album that the debut most certainly is, but a mighty fine followup for this studio-only project. Recommended.

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