Where Fortune Smiles

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Where Fortune Smiles
Studio album by John McLaughlin, John Surman, Dave Holland, Karl Berger, and Stu Martin
Released 1971 (1971)
Recorded May 1970
Studio Apostolic Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion, post-bop
Length 34:53
Label Dawn
Producer McLaughlin, Surman, Berger, Martin & Holland
John McLaughlin chronology
Where Fortune Smiles

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Glancing Backwards (for Junior)" – 8:54 - (John Surman)
  2. "Earth Bound Hearts" – 4:15 - (John McLaughlin)
  3. "Where Fortune Smiles" – 4:01 - (Surman)
  4. "New Place, Old Place" – 10:24 - (McLaughlin)
  5. "Hope" – 7:19 - (McLaughlin)


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz(not rated) [2]
Robert ChristgauB+[3]

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.”[4]


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".[2] 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: John Surman 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.[5]


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.[6] The entire album is included on the 3-CD set John Surman: Glancing Backwards, the Dawn anthology.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Taylor, Robert. Where Fortune Smiles at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Kolosky, Walter (2002-11-20). "John McLaughlin | Where Fortune Smiles". Allaboutjazz.com. All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  3. ^ "John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, John Surman, Stu Martin, Karl Berger". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz
  5. ^ Dawn Records LP - DNLS ASD 3018 – liner notes (Brian Blevins) – (CODA)
  6. ^ Amazon.co.uk