The first of two LPs originally released in Japan captures the second classic Quintet (which included Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams) early on when, although their studio albums stuck to originals, they were still playing standards in clubs. This set, which includes lengthy versions of "Walkin'," "On Green Dolphin Street" and "So What" in addition to Davis's recent "Agitation," features highly original soloing that was a bit influenced by the freebop approach of Ornette Coleman. This album makes for a very interesting comparison to earlier versions of these songs.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow