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
"To Morocco" is a dynamic and unusual album, not only in Klaus Doldinger's discography, but also in the international jazz scene. And it comes at a special time. On the one hand, Germany's most successful jazz musician celebrates his 70th birthday on May 12 and on the other Passport celebrates its 35th anniversary on stage. The fact that this album comes at just this time is something that Doldinger sees as a signal: From the very beginning his music has brought different cultures together. In times when the differences between the Orient and Occident are being emphasized around the world, it is significant to show these can also be so carefee and entertaining.
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.
One could suggest that the names Klaus Doldinger & Passport could be synonymous, for they really are one and the same. Recorded "Live" October 16, 1973, Düsseldorf, Germany. Doldinger Jubilee Concert is notable because it features the addition of keyboardist Kristian Schultze to the line-up.
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.