Worship At the Altar of Number 9
[UK Fontana, 1970]
This one was featured on Church Number Nine back in May, but the link was removed a couple months ago. I want to dedicate this post to them, because I most likely wouldn't have been exposed to Ric Colbeck if they hadn't posted it. Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth proclaims this as #5 on his top 10 from the Free Jazz underground list, and I can definitely see why.
"Aphrodite" starts with a frenzied drum solo right out the gates that stands up to Rashied Ali's dynamic work on Coltrane's "Interstellar Space". The drums continue this erratic tempo throughout the entire song but are joined by flurries of intense blowing from Mike Osborne on Alto Sax and Ric Colbeck on trumpet. There are some electrifying parts around the ten minute mark of the song where Ric's trumpet and Mike's alto sax combine for a dissonant mind-melting excursion. Towards the end of the track, a bass solo slows down the tempo and then the original theme is reintroduced to close this epic song. "Subdued" has an amazing melody which is reminiscent of a New Orleans marching band playing at a dirge-like funereal pace. The title track starts off with a short bass intro with brassy trumpet paving the way for a cacophony of sax and trumpet slash and burn histrionics. "Lowlands" is the slowest track on the record, but it maintains an amazing slow-burn intensity throughout, evoking a soundtrack for the imaginary film that flickers in our minds. Enjoy!
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