A beautiful meeting of two major talents from the left end of jazz – recorded in the early 60's when both were working for Atlantic! Despite the "avant garde" title, this set is straighter than you'd expect – very much in the spirit of Coltrane
's work for the label, but with perhaps some of the more angular styles that Cherry
was laying down with Ornette Coleman at the time. The session has Coltrane
joining Ornette's group of Don Cherry
, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell – save for a few numbers that feature Percy Heath on bass instead of Haden. The set includes great readings of Ornette's "The Blessing", "The Invisible", and "Focus On Sanity", and Coltrane
plays both soprano sax and tenor!