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ARTIST
TITLE
Unity
FORMAT
CD

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ESPDISK 4028CD ESPDISK 4028CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/13/2006

To devoted avant jazz fans in the US and Europe during the seventies, Frank Wright was known as the Reverend Frank Wright, a title of veneration universally bestowed upon the saxophonist by his peers in recognition of his spiritual approach to music, as well as his fervent style of improvisation. The music here is compelling in its honesty and intensity. Opening with a ringing bell, as if to signal the start of a sacred ritual, Muhammad Ali (drums) and Alan Silva (bass) lay down a deep rhythmic groove to begin the piece. The music the band played that June night in Moers is indeed, as the best of jazz always is, a unified expression of each of the players' own distinctive voices. Wright, an egoless leader, allows plenty of space for his sidemen to be themselves. Ali's drumming is particularly noteworthy, not only for its propulsive strength, but also for his intelligent use of repeated musical motifs.