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Eclectic Fusion • United States
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PHALANX Got Something Good For You album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Got Something Good For You
Eclectic Fusion 1986
PHALANX Original Phalanx album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Phalanx
Eclectic Fusion 1987
PHALANX In Touch album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
In Touch
Eclectic Fusion 1988

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Album · 1988 · Eclectic Fusion
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The final of three Phalanx albums. This James Blood Ulmer project wasn't well known or popular at the time of its release in Europe (and I expect the same in the states), the possible reason was that after their debut on a tiny German label, the next two albums were released on DIW in Japan only, and were hardly accessible to listeners outside of the country Of the rising sun.

Of the many short-lived projects with Ulmer's participation, Phalanx is one where he isn't an obvious leader. In fact, this album only confirms that most of the music revolves around George Adams' reeds. The rhythm section and Ulmer's guitar (and occasional flute) are all just supporters to Adams.

I'm afraid many new listeners could be disappointed after the first two compositions - I was. This is quite bulky music without direction or energy and sounds more like a recorded rehearsal, but don't give up and you will be rewarded - the second part of the album is really better! Somewhere in the middle of the album, the energy and better interplay between the musicians comes along and saves the album. As a whole release though, it is still somewhat unfocused and not a well-produced work, but such compositions as "Illusion Of Reality" and "Spanish Endeavors" are really worth a listen.

Not another Ulmer's energetic or experimental album, this release possibly is more attractive for George Adams free sax improvs fans. Still contains some moments potentially interesting for Ulmer's music lovers (including Ulmer's flute playing).

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