Personnel: Tony Williams (drums); Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers (tenor saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Gary Peacock (bass).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 12, 1965.
Drummer Tony Williams recorded SPRING, his groundbreaking sophomore LP, when he was only 19 years old. Despite his youth, however, he was already a veteran of the jazz scene, having played with luminaries such as Miles Davis, Jackie Maclean, and Eric Dolphy. His played all over the kit, and though his tricky, unorthodox time-keeping might sometimes give the impression of wild unpredictability, he always managed to keep a tight rein over the momentum of any session in which he participated. His work on SPRING is only surpassed by his equally mesmerizing playing on Eric Dolphy's seminal OUT TO LUNCH, to which SPRING is often compared. He is accompanied here by Wayne Shorter, Gary Peacock, and Sam Rivers.