Really great live material from George Russell – tracks that might even have more of an edge than some of his Riverside albums from the same time! The set starts out with 5 tracks from a 1960 concert in Lennox, Massachusetts – one that features a great sextet with Russell on piano, Al Kiger on trumpet, Dave Young on tenor, Dave Baker
on trombone, Chuck Israels on bass, and Joe Hunt on drums – all playing sharply angular numbers that delve even further into Russell's modal conception. Titles include "Things New", "Dance Class", "Potting Shed", and "Stratusphunk". Next up are 4 more tunes from 1964 – recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival with an even more memorable group that includes John Gilmore on tenor, Don Ellis on trumpet, Steve Swallow on bass, Pete LaRoca on drums, Dave Baker
on trombone, and Sheila Jordan on vocals on one number. Jordan sings a very haunting version of "You Are My Sunshine", and instrumental tracks include "Volupte", "The Outer View", and "Stratusphunk". Russell introduces most numbers, and the recording quality is good (possibly for radio?) – and the CD features one more bonus track recorded in Europe in 1964, a version of "Round Midnight" by a group with Thad Jones on cornet, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Joe Farrell on sax.