4 albums worth of material by the late Don Pullen – all records done for Blue Note in the late 80s, at a time when Pullen was really honing his musical vision! 2 of the records on the set – Breakthrough and Song Everlasting – were done by the Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet – a great post-Mingus group that featured Dannie Richmond on drums and Cameron Brown
on bass. The sound of these sides is really wonderful – as inventive and exploratory as some of Pullen's earlier work, yet carved out with a sense of rhythm and soulfulness that all players had clearly learned from Mingus. Remaining work is trio material – pulled from the albums New Beginnings and Random Thoughts – and featuring Pullen with Gary Peacock and Tony Williams on the former, and James
Genus and Lewis Nash on the latter. These sides have a round, flowing feel – still as rhythmically pulsing as the quartet albums, but also with some more introspective sides that appeared in Pullen's work of the 70s. 3CD set features 26 titles in all – and tunes includes "Mr Smoothie", "A Time For Sobriety", "1529 Gunn Street", "Warm Up", "Warriors", "New Beginnings", "Reap The Whirlwind", "Silence = Death", "Endangered Species – African American Youth", "Sun Watchers", and "At The Cafe Central".
(Out of print.)