Ed Michel

No Energy Crisis

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No Energy Crisis is a most appropriate and socially significant title, for, in the 11 free jazz tracks on this record, there is no lack of energy or expressiveness. It's also an album with a serious social tie-in, which makes the record historically interesting. The producers, Ed Michel, known for his work with Gato Barbieri, and Steve Backer, the experimental jazz producer extraordinaire, put out the album for two reasons. One the one hand, it recognizes the irrepressible creativity still alive in jazz. On the other, it underscores the fact that there was indeed an energy crisis and that we must do a better job of living within the limits of our world. All the expected performers are here, like Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, and Pharoah Sanders, as well as such lesser, or forgotten, players as violinst Michael White, vocalist Marion Brown, and saxman John Klemmer. It's a scorching, often brilliant, collection of tunes and a record with a conscience -- what an idea.

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