The Joe Locke-Phil Markowitz Quartet may have only had a brief life span, but the excerpts from two 1983 concerts at the Little Theatre make this LP worth acquiring. Locke, an outstanding vibraphonist whose career took during the second half of the '90s, contributed two originals, including the very tense "Restless Dreams" and the hard-driving, Latin-flavored "Kahalid the Warrior." Pianist Markowitz wrote the subtle ballad "May Moon" and the very playful "Calypso Nouveau." The quartet, who also includes veteran bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Keith Copeland, displays their lyrical side with a beautiful arrangement of the standard "My Foolish Heart," as well as Stevie Wonder's lush "You and I," the latter of which is highlighted by Gomez's solo. This long-unavailable record, which was put out by the Little Theatre on its own label, will be somewhat difficult to find, as it is not likely to have achieved very wide distribution, but it is well-worth acquiring by fans of post-bop.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden