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November 1997

Love Cry Want
Love Cry Want
New Jazz

With the recent reissue of the Miles Davis early '70s electric voodoo jazz albums-sounding more inspiring, and, in retrospect, more influential than ever-the release of this lost treasure may be especially timely. Recorded in Washington, D.C. in 1972, but never released until now, the album features the late organist Larry Young. The veteran of Tony Williams' Lifetime and conspirator on Miles' Bitches Brew is heard stretching out in his unique way, spraying atmospheric textures and probing lines on his Hammond B-3, and veering much closer to the sound world of Sun Ra than Jimmy Smith. Over these open-ended jazz-rock vamps and beautiful abstract wig-outs (check out "Ancient Place"), guitarist Nicholas peels off some nerve-frazzled solos, but mostly supplies bizarre sonic underpainting-similar to the stuff cooked up for Miles by Pete Cosey-using ring modulator, wah wah, a primitive guitar synthesizer and other ear-tweaking tools. Meanwhile, drummer Joe Gallivan and percussionist Jimmy Molneri keep up a rolling, broiling rhythmic foundation. But Young is the star here: The album is an important addition to the legacy of a musician who died too soon.

Originally published in November 1997
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