Best of 2020
How is this stuff allowed to go out of print? First time on vinyl since it's release on Nimbus in '84, which understandably has leant it a fair share of collectors kudos. Doesn't take many listens to work out why it's so sort after. A free and wild take on modal jazz, defined by a supercharged energy. These guys are throwing down. I read it was 'politically charged', which makes a lot of sense, expressed through form and feel rather than any obviously articulated ideology. The interpretations of Duke Ellington and Herbie Hancock standards are obvious entry points, but it's Danny Cortez' horn on the title track that rips the hardest. Protest jazz at it's finest. And look at that front cover! Iconic.