Alan Sondheim: 776
Alan Sondheim (xylophone, alto sax, sona, classical, electric and Hawaiian guitars, English horn, bansari, koto, clarinet, suling)
Ritual-All-7-70 (ESP 1048)
Alan Sondheim (xylophone, alto sax, sona, classical, electric and Hawaiian guitars, English horn, bansari, koto, clarinet, suling),
Robert Poholek (cornet, trumpet), Chris Mattheson (bass), J.P. (drums), Barry Sugarman (bongo, tabla).
Recorded: Providence, RI, January, 1967
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
Ah, the commune. Ah, the incense. Ah, the ... sorry, I was just flashing back to the '60s for a moment. Seriously, though, this unruly bit of improvised guitar and percussion does have the stamp of that era. Multi-instrumentalist Alan Sondheim improvises his way over a rippling bed of percussion provided by Sugarman and J.P. At first it seems that Sondheim might be heading toward an off-kilter bossa nova of sorts, but as time progresses and as the percussion becomes more insistent, "776" dives straight into "Miserlou" territory. Well, maybe "Miserlou" run through a blender. Surf music for hippies? Eh, why not?!
Reviewer: Mark Saleski