A beautifully expanded version of this classic – two CDs, with previously unissued material appearing here for the first time ever! Although the genius of the CTI label might be often thought of in a studio format – especially since the Cree
d Taylor Influence on the label is what really turned the sound into something wonderful – this live set from 1971 shows that the label's players, with the right frame of mind, can easily get into the CTI groove in any setting – soaring out in a magical blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation, really stretching out on some killer long tracks! The group's a great all-star one – with organ and electric piano by Johnny Hammond, guitar by George Benson, flute by Hubert Laws, trumpet by Freddie Hubbard, tenor by Stanley Turrentine, and percussion by Airto – and all tracks are long, and very free-flowing. Titles include "Red Clay", "Sugar", "Blues West", "Leaving West", and "Fire & Rain". CD also features the never-issued tracks "Impressions", "So What", and "Straight Life" – all nice and long!
(Out of print. Remastered from the original analogue tapes!)