Larry Young – Khalid Of Space Part Two (Welcome) (1973)

From the album Lawrence of Newark by Larry Young.

The centerpiece of the album is “Khalid of Space Pt. 2: Welcome.” Sun Ra’s edict about all of his musicians being percussionists holds almost literally true in Young’s case. The soprano saxophonist sounds as if it could be Sonny Fortune (billed as “mystery guest”), but he’s way out on an Eastern modal limb. Young’s right hand is punching home the counterpoint rhythm as Abdul Shadi runs all over his kit. Blood Ulmer is accenting the end of each line with overdriven power chords, and various bells, drums, congas, and djembes enter and depart the mix mysteriously. Young is digging deep into the minor and open drone chords, signaling — à la Miles — changes in intonation, tempo, and frequency of rhythmic attack. And the cut never loses its pocket funk for all that improvisation. It’s steamy, dark, brooding, and saturated with groove. [source]

Don Pate – Bass / Juni Booth – Bass / Abdoul Hakim – Bongos / Diedre Johnson – Cello / Stacy Edwards – Congas / Umar Abdul Muizz – Congas / Abdul Shahid – Drums / Howard King – Drums / James Flores – Drums / Art Gore – Drums, Electric Piano / Cedric Lawson – Electric Piano / James Blood Ulmer – Guitar / Larry Young – Organ, Bongos, Vocals / Armen Halburian – Percussion / Jumma Santos – Percussion / Poppy La Boy – Percussion / Dennis Mourouse – Saxophone / Charles Magee – Trumpet




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