ZENIT | Straight Ahead

ZENIT

straight ahead


Label: Edition Hawara
Cat No: EHAW001

Status: PRESALE

12" disco funk fusion jazz reissue


TRACKLIST

A1. Colours In My Head
A2. Different World
A3. A Little Bit Of Funk
A4. Play The Game Of Life
B1. Magic Words
B2. Come On And Try
B3. Departure 03
B4. Waitin'

RELEASE NOTES

Zenit is a jazz ensemble from Krems in Lower Austria, founded in 1976 by Hannes Treiber and Willi Langer. Their music was celebrated locally, but to reduce them to their local fame would be misleading: After all, their first two LPs, Stimmungswechsel (Change of Moods) and Früchte (Fruits), quickly gained them a much wider audience of discerning listeners. Arguably, however, Zenit's third and final LP Straight Ahead is the most special of their records. It initially came out in 1986 on the producers label Spray Records, and is today one of the hardest-to-find Austrian jazz records. Its centrepiece is the infectious slow-motion disco piece "Waitin'," with vocals by American jazz singer Linda Sharrock. Effortlessly bringing together pop, soul and new age vibes, this is a record that is as unique as it is difficult to date. Does it sound like from the 80s? We're not sure. To our minds at least, it could also be from the future.