Shake Keane - trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Harriott - alto
Pat Smythe - piano
Coleridge Goode - bass
Phil Seamen - drums
01 Formation (Harriott) (6:14)
02 Coda (Harriott) (8:00)
03 Abstract (Harriott) (3:40)
04 Impression (Harriott) (5:33)
05 Parallel (Harriott) (5:42)
06 Straight Lines (Harriott) (5:58)
07 Calypso (Harriott) (4:44)
08 Tempo (Harriott) (6:23)
Jazzland JLP 49
Contributed by bluebird, who writes:
"This is a landmark post for BritJazz in that this is the first time a toe is being dipped into the sometimes murky waters of 'Free Form' jazz.
Having said that, one wonders what all the fuss was about when this was released in 1960 when today's standards are applied. The music was compared, usually favourably, with the recordings of Ornette Coleman from the same period although Coleman's music was more aggressive and angry.
The British public was ambivalent about the music back in 1960 when it was felt in some quarters that it was too revolutionary and that it wasn't 'proper' jazz. Joe used to alternate a free piece with a more conventional piece at his concerts/club dates in order to satisfy the public but the music critics were very supportive.
Hearing the music now it cannot really be described as totally 'free'. Whilst the front line instruments enjoy a great deal of musical freedom, the rhythm section (which surprisingly has Phil Seamen on drums) maintains a steady beat but overall the music is fresh, original and very enjoyable."