Alan Sondheim: 776

Track

776

Artist

Alan Sondheim (xylophone, alto sax, sona, classical, electric and Hawaiian guitars, English horn, bansari, koto, clarinet, suling)

CD

Ritual-All-7-70 (ESP 1048)

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Musicians:

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)

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Recorded: Providence, RI, January, 1967

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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

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