FRANK WRIGHT
Unity

[ESP Disk, www.espdisk.com]

Make no mistake, this is a crucial discovery. More than three decades after the performance took place, ESP has finally issued a "lost" concert from Frank Wright's finest period. Recorded on June 1st, 1974 at Moers Festival in Germany, this is Wright at his most absolute and most fiery self. When I say the tenor colossus breathes fire, I mean, he's igniting fires left and right. Throughout the concert [divided into two indexed parts], Wright sets the record straight in a not so subtle way. While pianist Bobby Few contributes a lot of harsh-pounding on the ivories, too many times I find his dialogue too drowned out by the front-man. When Few is heard, he tries hard to match the pace and intensity of the others. One of the main stars of the concert is the rhythm section. Percussionist Muhammad Ali and bassist Alan Silva obliterate everything else that is put in front of them. They're like a freight train barrelling down the tracks at full speed with faulty brakes. Ali tends to crash the cymbals a lot and he's quite heavy on the tom-tom. Silva's bass is intense as well, though in certain sections, even he tends to get demolished by Ali's rhythmic patterns. The more Ali pushes the envelope, the heavier Wright's tenor squelches become. As intensity grows, Ali and Wright get into a lot of head-to-head confrontations, with neither of these individuals being the real winner. It's interesting to observe Bobby Few's tendency to play these clustery passages in tandem with Ali's cymbal-heavy percussive work. Wright breathes fire with extended solos and scorching tenor blasts. In the end, the listener is exhausted, though all the richer for having heard this important, lost concert come to life. Just before his death in 1990, Wright declared, "I was put on this planet by the Creator to proclaim the message of the Universal Spirit - to shout it to the people". On that memorable June night at Moers, he did just that.

- Tom Sekowski


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