Rashied Ali Quartet
New Directions In Modern Music
Necessary reissue of this killer private press free jazz blow-out, originally issued by Ali’s own Survival imprint in 1973: Ali’s Quartet gathered a buncha survivors from the late Coltrane orchestra, including the great Carlos Ward on alto saxophone and flute, as well as pianist Fred Simmons and bass violinist Stafford L. James. Ali is on super-complex from here, juggling time with that fast, electric sound that defined monsters like Interstellar Space while Ward reaches way the hell out, pulling screaming tones and fast smeary runs from out of the air. Pianist Fred Simmons has a speedy, non-intrusive style that comes out of the Alice Coltrane school of post-bop cosmo visions, giving the group the feel of a independent think-tank dedicated to further exploring and extrapolating on Coltrane’s curtailed quest for the speed of the sound of now. Survival was one of the major free jazz privates, releasing classics like Frank Lowe and Rashied Ali’s Duo Exchange, and this is a very welcome return to vinyl. Recommended.