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Diffraction 03:23
Cortex 07:23
Seeing Stars 09:04
Electricity 06:17
Focus 05:10
Zap 01:41
Transformed 09:52
Woodcut 05:37
Sleep 05:17


On November 5, 2006 Zinc Nine Psychedelic performed at Jimmy's #43 in New York City. We started early, skipped sound check, and just kept going... performing almost three hours without interruption. Here's a good hour of it for your ears, heart, and head. Listen to it nice and loud and in one sitting. open your windows so your neighbors can hear it too. (liner notes by Nick Didkovsky)

ZINC NINE PSYCHEDELIC is a trio of three visionary musicians that play exciting, vital music, devoted to improvisation based in pure sound and sonic tone color. Their first performance together as this trio achieved legendary status within the New York new music cognoscenti and was released on CD in 2006 (this Bandcamp release). Kevin’s percussion colors, Dave’s trumpet and live electronics, and Nick’s electric guitar and software create a sonic space that is vibrant, exciting, and transformational.

"Zinc Nine Psychedelic is something else. "Kaleidoscopic" sounds like a dream as it floats in with eerie electronic trumpet, streams of soft notes tapped on the guitar and insistent jazzy cymbal work. Nick eventually wails pulling off a nifty, slow-burning guitar solo. Kevin's drum solo at the beginning of "Diffraction" is crafty and propulsive, while Dave's solo on "Cortex" is slightly twisted with haunting bowed cymbals and floating electronic sounds. Many of the pieces flow into the next with certain sounds being transformed as they evolve. Nick mentions in the liner notes that this music should be played loud, yet things often occur on a more subtle level. I dig the restrained yet spiraling acoustic vibes solo on "Seeing Stars" which leads to a dreamy free floating guitar near the end. Nick plays some delicate Frith-like guitar (by tapping on the strings with an object) at the start of "Electricity", with a layer fractured trumpet and suspense-filled bowed cymbals. Each piece unfolds organically like a story being told with different scenery or dialogue occurring as the sounds shift into another gear. Things erupt on "Focus" with some more intense moments warping into view. Sometimes improvised music is magic that can't really be explained but you know when it happening. This is that magic music. "
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


released May 4, 2020

Recording, photos, and visual design by Scott Friedlander
Produced by Nick Didkovsky


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