Alphonse Mouzon: Nyctophobia
Alphonse Mouzon (drums, percussion, keyboards)
Virtue (MPS 15498)
Welton Gite (electric bass).
Composed by Alphonse Mouzon.
Recorded: Stuttgart, Germany, November 1976
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
There may be no Larry Coryell playing guitar on "Nyctophobia," but the tune would have fit just fine in Coryell's Eleventh House band's repertoire. (That is no surprise considering Mouzon's involvement with that seminal band. The group didn't get its sound just from Coryell.) Saxophonist Gary Bartz plays the part of Coryell as he leads the melody off. The chugging tune also takes full advantage of Stu Goldberg's expertise in playing chunky electric piano chords and rapid runs. As soon as Goldberg has finished one solo he switches to synthesizer to add another fiery one. The combustible energy he, Mouzon and bassist Welton Gite generate during this stretch is on the same level as that attained by Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer and Tommy Bolin on Cobham's famous "Stratus." I suggest that to get the best bang for your "Nyctophobia" buck, you wait until nighttime before listening. Don't forget to turn off all the lights before you hit the play button.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky