Phalanx

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This adventurous co-op quartet consists of George Adams on tenor, soprano and flute, guitarist James Blood Ulmer, bassist Sirone and drummer Rashied Ali; it is not at all surprising that the results would never pass as "easy-listening." The performances dispense quickly with the opening themes except as abstract reminders of the orignal moods and emphasize both solo and group improvisations. Adams has his ferocious moments and Ulmer makes the ensembles quite crowded and intense (he also plays some flute during a couple of the melody statements) while bassist Sirone and drummer Ali keep the group interactions quite stimulating. After a slow start, the fiery sounds result in some memorable music.

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