Skip Joshua and go right to Dewey
Il Dottore | Buffalo, NY | 02/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the greatest of avante-guard tenors, Dewey is for too often overlooked. This is a brilliant late sixties free jazz trio set. The music is quite varied including hard-bop influenced free jazz, a couple of tune's with african-influenced rythms, and one very impressionistic peice without any time signature at all. Ed Backwell is, of course, an inventive and swinging drummer and malachi favors is master of texture and subtle moods here. The playing can be somewhat aggressive at times, but Dewey follows Ornette's lead in always playing melodically. He stretches out on these tunes and yet is never at a loss for ideas. In Lop-o-Lop he ventures into some strange and beautiful territory wandering through dark and exotic places, at one point making his horn talk and chant like an african priest before his devotees which then leads into impassioned interchanges with Blackwell. This is Dewey in top form; it's a shame this album isn't included with the great classic free jazz classics."
The most dancable free jazz you'll ever hear
The Mascara Snake | Deepintheheartof Appalachia | 03/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let me just say that, if you're into Ornette and Don Cherry, you need to get this album. It will be worth every penny. It's totally in the sonic realm of the Coleman quartet and the MU albums. I'll try to not repeat what the previous reviewer said, but man, Dewey really is in top form, with some very stimulating playing from Blackwell and Favors (two of my all time favorites). For guys that didn't play together on a regular basis, they really have some chemistry. Goes to show that they were all very skilled listners and players. What a great trio. Enjoy!"
Brilliant, Melodic and Rhythmic
electronics_buyer212 | 01/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a favorite LP of mine from my youthful days. I listened to it again today after not hearing it for more than 15 years. It's a brilliant piece of work. To be colorful and interesting, each member of the piano-less trio must be melodic and concious (sp) of the ensemble's sound as a whole (no methodical time keeping and no grandstanding allowed !). This is a real gem."