In the summer of 1983, trumpeter John NcNeil toured Europe as an instructor for the Jamey Aebersold jazz camp. Here, he closes out the tour with a live Copenhagen concert also featuring saxophonist David Liebman. This is fiery post-bop jazz punctuated by moments of dusky, noirish balladry.
With the benefit of hindsight, this already-excellent album might catch a well-deserved break, considering the divisive catalog low point that came next. And while their latest WE is a decent return-to-form, it doesn't hit as hard as the band's fourth LP, which finds them experimenting with island percussion and dance rhythms. They even got Bowie on the title track.