Excellent album from Germany's perennial jazz / fusion kings. All tracks are performed beautifully, with top notch sound production and Doldinger's exquisite saxophone melodies. Standout tracks are "Lunatic Dancing" and "Wanderlust." Definitely a shining album by these excellent musicians.
With the release of the Passport anthology we delivered a resume of the past years. Passport To Paradise is a sort of ''position-fixing'' for the current band. I think that the album demonstrates that the title of the anthology, Spirit Of Community, is still valid: The basic elements are traditional, but there are aslo new things and, most especially, live music played with all our hearts. ~ Klaus Doldinger
Klaus Doldinger (born 12 May 1936) is a German saxophonist, especially well known for jazz and as a composer of film music. He was the recipient of 1997's Bavarian Film Awards (Honorary Award). 14 selections recorded between 1963 and 1977: Doldinger with Paul Nero, The Motherhood, Passport, Etta James, Johnny Griffin, Les McCann and others. The music reflects his deep understanding of jazz and blues and his ability to play Rhythm & Blues like no other European tenor saxophone player.
The first Passport album is a hidden gem of the early fusion scene, which deserves to be considered along with the debuts of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report in considerations of the genre's evolution.