JJ 10/79: Dick Morrissey & Jim Mullen – Cape Wrath

First published in Jazz Journal October 1979


It takes a good deal of invention, strength and sheer willpower to overcome the limitations of rockjazz – the monotonous, often unswinging rhythm section and the unstimulating tunes. But it can be done, as Stanley Turrentine and others have shown.

Morrissey’s playing here is very much in the Turrentine mould, but all too often slips into the comfortable cliché. However that is probably just what was wanted for this album, and I am in danger of criticising the records for what they do not set out to be.

Mullen’s playing is less hackneyed, but still unlikely to cause the likes of Barney Kessel and Kenny Burrell many sleepless nights. That Morrissey is capable of playing very much better than this hardly needs saying, but perhaps he just likes to eat from time to time.
Mike Shera

Lovely Day; Cape Wrath; Bristol Boogie; Return To Tooting Broadway (23:23) — Soul Eyes; Song For Carta; Dreams So Real; Night Song (20:02)
Dick Morrissey (saxes); Jim Mullen (g); Max Middleton (ky); Kuma Harada (b); Richard Bailey (d); Tony Carr (pc); Robert Ahwai (g); string section.
Harvest Fusion SHSP 4098

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (6:15) – Don’t You Worry (4:30)
Personnel probably similar to above.
EMI Digital 12 DIG 1001