Herbie Hancock added three more horns to his already rich sounding sextet for this beautifully arranged album that comines the flavor of his "Speak Like A Child" album and the Miles Davis Quintet. Hancock, Joe Henderson and Johnny Coles are the chief soloists. Highlights include "The Prisoner", "I Have A Dream" and Buster Williams's "Firewater".
The CD includes two alternate takes, previously available in the box set The Complete Herbie Hancock Blue note Sessions.
Featuring: JOHNNY COLES, fluegelhorn; GARNET BROWN, trombone; JOE HENDERSON, tenor saxophone, alto flute: HERBIE HANCOCK, piano, electric piano; BUSTER WILLIAMS, bass; ALBERT "TOOTIE" HEATH, drums; * HUBERT LAWS, flute; JEROME RICHARDSON, bass clarinet; TONY STUDD, bass trombone. ** JEROME RICHARDSON, flute; ROMEO PENQUE, bass clarinet; JACK JEFFERS, bass trombone.
W. Stiefele in Scala Nr. 3 / 98: "Großartig, wie die
Rhythmusgruppe Spannung schafft und Hancocks Arrange-
ments die Klangfarben der sechs Bläser auskosten. Ein
Juwel des Akustik-Jazz."
ROLLING STONE ALBUM GUIDE ***1 / 2