ALAN SILVA - Skillfullness (ESP, 1969)
Alan Silva: violin, cello, piano
Becky Friend: flute, vocals
Mike Ephron: piano, organ
Dave Burrell: piano
Karl Berger: vibraphone
Lawrence Cook: cymbals, rattle, percussion
Listening to Alan Silva is always a strong and strange experience. Skillfullness is one of the weirdest Silva's recordings. This one is rather powerfull and in a constant unstable equilibrium: it's always under tension. There are a lot of unusual instruments for this time (flute, violin), a lot of different energies. Rythmic patterns are rather absent and all keys are utterly unmaked. A cosmic and solar music somewhere between Sun (Ra) and Cecil Taylor.
dedicated to Flo.