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Annexus Quam



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4 stars 'Annexus Quam', a German band released in 1970 their first record 'Osmose', a mixture of Psychedelic Rock, Blues and Jazz improvisation, similar to early 'Pink Floyd' and 'Grateful Dead' with a jazzier side like 'Embryo'. 'Osmose' presents four improvisational exerpts, the shortest being only 3 minutes the longest clocking in about 18.The overall athmosphere is laid back and spacy (mainly due to the slow rhythms and heavy use of Echo) giving the whole record a psychedelic feeling ( early Pink floyd) with a Jazz touch (large use of woowdwinds and brass).

'Osmose I', the first track establishes a psychedelic athmosphere with a short intro for guitar and & sax and evolving into a slow organ blues, a dreamy trombone solo and some space guitar.

'Osmose II' the shortest track, developes a bouncing uptempo rhythm between the bass an drums over which Uwe Bick places his spacy vocalizes reminding Roger Waters ( the whole track reminds Floyd's 'Careful With That Axe Eugene').

'Osmose III' the last and longer part on side one, presents a heavy slow blues, with great guitar work -a repeated arpeggio motive-, followed by a jazzy trombone solo, a jazzy guitar solo and organ washes. About half of the track the rhythm changes and developes a more psychdelic athmosphere with a spacy flute solo.

'Osmose IV', the longest and stylistically most interesting track, mixing Jazz, Psychedelic and Spanish music, starts with an acoustic piano intro, evolving into a jazz groove with drums and bass , followed by jazz guitar, a trombone solo and again some spacy vocalizes. After 5 minutes the rhythm slows down giving space to a heavy echo-slide- guitar section over cymbal strokes ( quite similar to 'Set the Controls' ). A bass line establishes a rhythm change, followed by another slide-echo-guitar section leaving place to a percussion-only passage, that evolvess into a spanish flavored rubato section for acoustic classical guitar and trumpet with reminiscences to the 'Concertio De Aranjuez' followed by a jazz groove and ending with a psychedelic organ and drumlroll section.

A highly interesting record that combines jazz improvisation with Psychedelic, Blues and World elements.

Alucard | 4/5 |


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