Personnel includes: Cecil Taylor (piano), Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone), Buell Neidlinger (acoustic bass), Dennis Charles, Billy Higgins (drums).
Reissue producer: Alan Bates.
Recorded at Nola's Penthouse Studios, New York.
Originally recorded in the early 1960s and unreleased for a decade, these Cecil Taylor small group arrangements find the pianist at an intriguing stage of his musical development, encompassing the traditional post-bop jazz of "Jumpin' Punkins" (the difference between the two versions included here is instructive), and the more radical, yet still structured approach of the title track. Accompanied by an all-star lineup, including the drummer Billy Higgins, the trombonists Roswell Rudd and Clark Terry, and the soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, Taylor's playing is like aural modern ballet--fractured, flowing, and lyrical.
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- New York City R&B (Neidlinger, Buell)