Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - Sacred Exhalations

The cosmic motif of this album is quite accurate, because the musicians are questing and searching for the outer limits of the musical cosmos throughout. Ra-Kalam Bob Moses is a drummer from New York City who has recorded several albums as a leader and played as a sideman with the likes of Roland Kirk, Gary Burton and Tisziji Munoz. Recording with him on this album are Stan Strickland on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Raqib Hassan on tenor saxophone, musette and Tibetan horn and Om-Mudra Tom Arabia on tenor saxophone. The album opens with a very impressive performance, "Sacred Exhalations", which is a twenty minute plus kaleidoscope of spiritual free jazz. The three saxophones give this and the following performance "Animal Magnetism (Zoo Logical) a wide range of possibilities, coming together for power and propulsion or splitting off for solo statements. "We Are Not From Here" takes things even further out with scalding portions of caustic saxophone and energetic drumming. "Surrender To the One" closes the album using exotic instruments and an ever shifting rhythmic groove to develop a meditative and hypnotic trance like sound that is quite unique. This album was very successful, and is highly recommended to fans of spiritual free jazz, akin to the music released by Impulse Records from the mid '60's to the mid '70's. the music is fierce, yet lyrical and unflinchingly honest. Sacred Exhalations - amazon.com

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