Before his career-defining records on Arista/Novus in the 80s and 90s, jazz and fusion guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson recorded his debut for ESP-Disk . The sessions, recorded in New York, Connecticut, and Los Angeles in the summer of 1976, are wildly meditative and personify the laid-back seventies vibe. A trio of soft, lilting melodies set the mood: David Murray on tenor sax, Oliver Lake on flute, and the album s leader, Michael Gregory Jackson, on acoustic guitar. The unfolding stream of ideas make these improvisations vital today: arrhythmic strumming, an enchanted R&B vocal from Jackson, avant percussive clatter, processed
electric guitar, and fiery horn lines over timpani and flute. Composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, cited as a major influence by Jackson himself, is featured on the album.