Personnel: Michele Rosewoman (piano); Greg Osby (soprano & alto saxophones); Steve Coleman (alto saxophone); Anthony Cox (bass); Terri Lyne Carrington (drums).
Recorded at A&R Studio, New York, New York on January 27 & 28, 1987. Includes liner notes by Thulani Davis.
On Quintessence, pianist Michele Rosewoman is teamed with two of the top leaders in the M-Base movement (altoist Steve Coleman and Greg Osby on alto and soprano), plus bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. The improvising is quite advanced, but, surprisingly, the free funk rhythms associated with the M-Base movement are absent. The solos and ensembles are outstanding and quite original (if sometimes abrasive), having a logic of their own far beyond bebop. ~ Scott Yanow