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Overshadowed by his peers from the '60s, this solo album convincingly made the case for John Tchicai as a great saxophonist and flutist. Unfortunately, few heard it! Rediscover this spellbinding recital, full of sinuous repetitions, memorable melodies that emerge and recede, and trance-like riffs. It contains an Indian inflected flute piece reminiscent of Don Cherry and a terrific duo with Albert Mangelsdorff. Throughout, Tchicai erases the line between composition and improv - in real time.
Great, great band, The Engines...this live recording (The Green Mill, Chicago) just hits the sweet spot continuously...
The playing, the improvising, the interplay, the energy and the verve just don't get better than this for me...all Ken Vandermark associates, all quality guaranteed composers.
Lots of exceptional stuff on this label (Dave Rempis' Aerophonic Records) too...check it all out, it's worth your time and effort. John Cratchley