Unreleased session from 1975."Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module was a short-lived band. They played exactly two gigs in the course of one week in the fall of 1975-and never played again. They gelled quickly as a quintet, however, in large part because everyone knew each other from working in Daniel's big band, Energy. However, the Energy Module was a less formal affair than the large ensemble, in which they played Daniel's original compositions and arrangements. "We had a couple of rehearsals and played through the tunes, but our main focus was on collective and individual improvisation," Daniel says. "We were getting ready to take care of business."
And they took care of business with a vengeance, as you can hear on this recording of their second and final performance. It's the sort of loose-knit, pull-out-all-the-stops blowing session that took place nightly on New York's Lower East Side in the 197os. But November 8, 1975, at Sunrise Studio was much more than an ordinary night in the lofts. Ted Daniel, Oliver Lake, Daniel Carter, Richard Pierce, and Tatsuya Nakamura stoked the cathartic fires of free jazz to a white-hot intensity and made it a special night indeed." Ed Hazell