When Pharoah Sanders initially recorded with Theresa in 1979, he was still under contract to Arista. Arista refused to let Sanders be pictured on the cover or mentioned in the title, resulting in the album being issued as Ed Kelly & Friend, although anyone with even a passing knowledge of Sanders' style immediately recognized his playing. The reissue corrects the title situation and adds five 1992 bonus selections by pianist Kelly to fill out the disc. The first six tunes comprise the original session, and they established a pattern that Sanders faithfully followed throughout his Theresa tenure. They included curious remakes of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" and "Pippin" from the Broadway show of the same name, the anguished, wailing "You've Got to Have Freedom," which became a Sanders signature song for the '80s, and mellow, atmospheric ballads. The other selections feature Kelly, who is a pleasant but not overwhelming stylist.
AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn