This historic album features four then-unknowns on three lengthy avant-garde explorations that were quite influential not only in St. Louis (where they were recorded) but eventually on such diverse players as altoists Tim Berne
and David Sanborn
. Julius Hemphill
(on alto and flute), trumpeter Baikida Carroll
, cellist Abdul Wadud
, and drummer Philip Wilson
are in superb form, both as soloists and in ensembles where they react instantly to each other. This important music is better to be heard than described.