Philadelphia Inquirer The Spectrum 8-13-70 with Allman Brothers

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Philadelphia Inquirer The Spectrum 8-13-70 with Allman Brothers - I 1 CETERA AND KATH ... Spectrum performers...
I 1 CETERA AND KATH ... Spectrum performers 'Chicago' Unit Displays Style At Spectrum "Philadelphia, this is Chicago." Chicago." The effrontery of that introduction introduction nicely fit the music that Chicago poured out for 15,400 Philadelphians Wednesday Wednesday at the Spectrum. Chicago is not a city hut the place to be musically; it is a feverishly played but coolly conceived kind of music that has more facets than most groups now show. LONG CHORDS ' The difference is in Chicago's Chicago's use of linear instruments trumpet, trombone and sax beside the guitars, percussion percussion and organ. These three oppose the rhythm instruments, instruments, usually by projecting long chords into the nervous fabric of the traditional guitar sounds. These opposing timbres widen Chicago's horizons and give them their distinctive sound. Much of their music is done without vocal support it stands on the merit of the instruments alone and the group's neat sense of timing and sharp syncopation. LARGER SPACES There is a tough hard edge to the playing, even when it detours through oriental moods and turns sweet for a moment. The music moves decisively, unpredictably in the long pieces. It may be a mark of the times, that the music is filling larger spaces now. No more three-minute three-minute three-minute songs, the music gets to the length of a movement of a symphony. The style aims more at instrumental instrumental clarity than massed massed attacks on a few harmonies until the senses lie inert. Terry Fath often leads with a guitar that sings and glides, and Robert Lamm sings above the vibrancy of the organ. The group is blessed, too, with an original drummer, Daniel Seraphine, who is capable of more than two-handed two-handed two-handed thunder thunder on the beat. Everywhere his light sticks are urging variations even while the beat is strongest. CHEERS DRAWN Chicago has its audience. The Spectrum concert drew as only two or three others have. The young audience even spilled out on the street where many without tickets heard the music through loudspeakers loudspeakers as they lounged in the grass. Their top album, "Chicago," provided them with part of the program and each introduction drew cheers. There were more and while they seemed unfamiliar specifically, specifically, the faithfulness of the songs to the genre made them seem just as familiar. They came on late, having waited while two other bands demonstrated unintentionally that many are called but few are chosen. The Edison Electric Electric Band was accepted dully by the audience, despite some fervent performance, and the Allmon Brothers Band, with a longer try, failed to gather much interest in their sound which was bolstered by two drummers instead of one. DANIEL WEBSTER

Clipped from The Philadelphia Inquirer13 Aug 1970, ThuMain EditionPage 37

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)13 Aug 1970, ThuMain EditionPage 37
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