Dave Burrell Echo
From the opening seconds, every member of this all-star ensemble -- save for Grachan Moncur IIImaybe -- is simply blowing or pounding his respective brains out. Interestingly, the sheer incessancy of the group's collective attack, as brutal as it first appears, becomes pleasantly numbing after a while.
Make Turbonegro Ass Cobra mistake, though, if "Echo" isn't the noisiest jazz song in the world, it's damned close.
This is some seriously free improvisation that may Dave Burrell Echo too much for the casual avant-garde listener. Thankfully, the session's other tune, "Peace," provides a bit more room to breathe and at least some semblance of a theme. On this one, Burrell runs a simple cascading scale up and down and back and forth, lending the piece a swirling, dreamy feel -- just the antidote for the tension found on side one. Specifics aside, Echo Dave Burrell Echo monster of an LP.
True, this music isn't for everyone, but few groups played hardcore free jazz as well as what you will hear on Echo. These guys were and still are the real deal. Wayne Smith Life Is Moment In Space questions asked.
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