Previte’s third record for Gramavision, was a two guitar, keyboard, vocal, sampling, and trombone brew called “Empty Suits.” This CD started his relationship with the great engineer Joe Ferla, and marks a period when Previte’s interest in musicians like Salif Keita and King Sunny Adé (with tunes like, “The King So Far”) was at its zenith. Jazziz—“Empty Suits takes you someplace new, with jazz as the compass and the whole of music as a map. In short, another fine and beautiful mess from Previte.” The tune “Break the Cups” alone is worth the price, with an outrageous vocal by Roberta Baum, who had worked with Ornette Coleman for awhile.
While signed to Gramavision Previte also began to record for the German label Enja. There were three records in which he returned to a horn front line (but this time four of them). The first of these “racetrack records,” released in 1991, was titled after the name of the band, “Weather Clear, Track Fast.” A truly all-star CD, it featured some of the heaviest “young lions” at the time—Don Byron, Graham Haynes, Robin Eubanks, Marty Ehrlich, Anthony Cox, and Anthony Davis (who later went on to compose the Opera “X”). A more fleshed out version of the earlier records, this is a very compositionally driven CD. England’s Wire Magazine said “Like all great jazz, it grows on every listening.” Out of print.
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