Where Fortune Smiles
|Where Fortune Smiles|
|Studio album by John McLaughlin, John Surman, Dave Holland, Karl Berger, and Stu Martin|
|Recorded||Apostolic Studios, New York City, late May 1970|
|Genre||Jazz fusion, post-bop|
|Producer||McLaughlin, Surman, Berger, Martin & Holland|
|John McLaughlin chronology|
Where Fortune Smiles is a jazz fusion LP credited to John McLaughlin, John Surman, Dave Holland, Karl Berger, and Stu Martin on Dawn Records DNLS ASD 3018, which was recorded in 1970 and released in 1971 in a stereo format.
- "Glancing Backwards (for Junior)" – 8:54 - Surman
- "Earth Bound Hearts" – 4:15 - McLaughlin
- "Where Fortune Smiles" – 4:01 - Surman
- "New Place, Old Place" – 10:24 - McLaughlin
- "Hope" – 7:19 - McLaughlin
- John McLaughlin - guitars
- John Surman – soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
- Dave Holland - upright bass
- Karl Berger – vibraphone
- Stu Martin – drums
- Dave Baker – engineer
|All About Jazz||(not rated) |
Jazz critic Scott Yanow wrote: “McLaughlin's raw sound was starting to take shape by this time and his impeccable chops are on full display. So too are those of the underrated vibraphonist Karl Berger and, of course, soprano saxophonist Surman. The foundation is held loosely in place by bassist Dave Holland and drummer Stu Martin. It's a challenging but interesting listen, especially given McLaughlin's later success and popularity.”
As released in 1971 on Dawn records, and a subsequent 1975 release on Pye, the album was credited to all participating musicians, with no one receiving top billing. With the reissue on CD in 1993, the album was retroactively credited to McLaughlin alone, a move suggested to have been for "marketing purposes only". Composition credits and solo times are shared more or less equally between McLaughlin and Surman, and McLaughlin is not understood to have acted in a leadership capacity for the sessions.
A one-off studio record between 5 accomplished musicians who never recorded as a group subsequently, the two studio efforts necessary to complete the album were fit in between and/or after: Stu working with Barre Phillips and Stu Martin in “The Trio” (Dawn LP – DNLS 3006), John McLaughlin working with Miles Davis, Karl touring with Don Cherry in Europe, and Dave also working with Miles.
Where Fortune Smiles was reissued on vinyl in 1975 by Pye Records (Pye 12103) with an alternative cover. It was first reissued on CD in 1993 on One Way Records (OW 29312), then on a re-mastered promo on BGO Records in 1993 – and officially in 1996 (BGO 191). It was last released in Japan in a CD mini–LP format in 2006 on One Way Records (ARC-7129) with no additional bonus tracks. The average cost of the CD ranges from $25 – $200. The entire album is included on the 3-CD set John Surman: Glancing Backwards, the Dawn anthology.