The Wire - "FLASHPOINT is a valuable document that shows how the 60s European jazz movement was dawning, with some of its brightest stars already in the ascendant."
JazzTimes (p.62) - "Surman's lyrical waltz-time number 'Once Upon a Time' is a flugelhorn feature for Wheeler, who delivers with impeccable intonation, uncanny clarity and precision in the high register."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he set sizzles with modal invention and exploratory large ensemble compositions..."
Personnel: John Surman (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Alan Skidmore (flute, tenor saxophone); Mike Osborne (alto saxophone); Ronnie Scott (tenor saxophone); Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn); Malcolm Griffiths, Erich Kleinschuster (trombone); Fritz Pauer (piano); Alan Jackson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Brian Morton.
Recording information: Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Hamburg, Germany (04/1969).
Editor: Hans Gertberg.