Album: Metropole Orkest / Vince Mendoza, Fast City (BHM)

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This tribute to the late composer Joe Zawinul by Holland's fabulous 48-piece Metropole Orchestra is something of a missed opportunity.

Half of the pieces are spoiled by over-bombastic contributions by a heavy mob of ex-Weather Report guest stars (with truly terrible axe-heroics and singing from Amit Chatterjee). Mendoza's orchestral colours seem determined to paint Viennese Joe as an American pastoralist, but "The Juggler", "Dream Clock" and "In a Silent Way" remain pleasingly sensitive.