Followers of jazz who sometimes wince at the constant bickering between this scene and that, modern or moldy, fusion or free, can all take heart in a recording such as this one. A saxophonist more known on the free scene comes together with one of the great bop drummers. The band surrounding them contains players that are comfortable in both contexts, and the material winds up having the rhythmic sway of traditional swing harnessed with the energetic power of free jazz. All in all, it is a successful get-together that jazz listeners should enjoy thoroughly. When the band opens up into the nearly 23-minute "Red Star," plenty of great action happens as Howard meets Kenny Clarke halfway in a percolating place where genre differences no longer matter. The CD has a beautiful recording sound, and was put together from a session that inexplicably has been languishing in the can.
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AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne