Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons
Contemporary S-7617; OJCCD-1822-2

Prince Lasha, alto saxophone, flute, alto clarinet; Sonny Simmons, alto saxophone, English horn; Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone; Buster Williams, bass; Charles Moffett, drums.

This outstanding quintet session from 1967 encapsulates the "Music in Transition" concept, to the extent that it illustrates the notion of the improvised art form being advanced by challenges to musical convention.

Five original pieces, "The Island Song", "Psalms of Solomon", "Prelude to Bird", "The Loved Ones", and the title track yield a central theme: by challenging standard song forms and chord changes, new ideas specific to interval relationships and rhythmic structure emerge naturally.

These performances are beautifully melodic and cohesive; timeless music from some its finest practitioners.

by James D. Armstrong, Jr.

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