Scott Cossu’s “Wind Dance” is the artists first album, and the 16th release on Windham Hill. Wind Dance is the first ensemble recording on Windham Hill that most people are familiar with, but Linda Waterfall’s “Mary’s Garden” and the eponymous “Kidd Afrika” R&B album predates it by some 5 years.
Cossu is a thoughtful and talented player, and the second side of the album in particular is strong. Nonetheless, “Wind Dance” is lighter than Cossu’s later works. Cossu and labelmate de Grassi explore music that will be familiar to listeners of the Pat Metheny Group recordings of the time.
Reviews at the time were deservedly positive. From Cossu’s web site:
“Cossu weds ethnic diversity to his natural style of ethereal piano. His enticing polyrhythms are fit for ecstatic dancing. A sparkling record.”
– The Boston Globe
“Undoubtedly, Scott Cossu is one of the jazz luminaries of the future.”
Recommended for Scott Cossu fans, Windham Hill collectors, or fans of Pat Metheny’s early work. Otherwise, look to Scott Cossu’s later recordings which are overall stronger.
- Jamaica 5:00
- Demeter/Rejoicing 5:32
- Kinsa 5:04
- Purple Mountain 5:29
- Freija 6:25
- Almost Like Heaven 4:22
- Wind Dance 7:44
Produced by George Winston
- SCOTT COSSU: Piano
- ALEX DE GRASSI: 6&12 String Guitar
- DAN REITER: Cello
- MICHAEL SPIRO: Congos & Percussion
- PAUL DUNN: Percussion
- Recorded at the Music Annex, Menlo Park, CA
- Engineered by Russell Bond
- Original Half-Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs
- Matrix and Pressings by RTI, Camarillo, CA
- Graphic Design by Anne Ackerman
- Cover Photo by Ron May
- Liner Photo by Anne Ackerman
- All Compositions by Scott Cossu
- All Selections are Silver Crow Music (BMI)
- Administered by Windham Hill Music (BMI)
- Manufactured by Windham Hill Records
- A Division of Windham Hill Productions, Inc.
- Box 9388, Stanford, CA 94305
Distributed by A&M Records, Inc.
©(p) Windham Hill Records 1981
Dan Reiter’s Biography from the 1981 “Passage” Album:
DAN REITER, CELLO
Dan Reiter, 29, has for the past six years been co-principal cellist with the Oakland Symphony. He attended the conservatory at Cincinatti University and studied with Jack Kirstein. In addition to his work with the symphony, Dan composes unusual chamber music – incorporating folk and jazz elements along with classical – for his trio of clarinet, bass, and cello.