David Sancious: The Naked I
The Naked I
David Sancious (guitar, percussion, keyboards)
Just As I Thought (OneWay Records 34526)
David Sancious (guitar, percussion, keyboards).
Composed by David Sancious.
Recorded: Woodstock, NY, released 1979
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
No fusion band worth its salt would create an album without at least one classical-like tune that showed the acoustic skills of the band and the gravitas of the composer. Electric instruments can hide a lot of flubs. But you'd better be a real clean player if you are going to play acoustic fusion music! We demanding fans will be listening for even the slightest misstep.
"The Naked I" presents me with a quandary. I suspect that multi-instrumentalist Sancious is the only musician on the tune and that through the magic of overdubbing he created this wonderful performance. But due to inadequate liner notes and an unhelpful Internet, I am left guessing. Given the stylistic choices I hear, I'd say it is he and he alone. (My evidence is admittedly circumstantial. Should any new information be presented, I will be happy to reconsider this conclusion.)
In any case, Sancious is a wonderful player and composer. His acoustic guitar is steeped in blues one second and fluttering away into blue sky in another. He'll pull off a rapid and clean Spanish run while a whispery flute provides a backing. (I submit the evidence will show said flute as being a synthesizer keyboard.) "The Naked I" is only a little over two minutes long, but is packed with the requisite acoustic jazz-rock bona fides.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky