An album and a half from trombonist Dick Griffin – a rare date from the mid 80s, mixed with material from his 1979 album Now Is The Time! The core of the set is A Dream For Rahsaan – a warm tribute to the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and one that features Griffin's trombone in a group with Gary Bartz on alto sax, Stanley
Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and either Billy Hart or Idris Muhammad on drums – all wonderful players who really fit the soulful spirit of the session. The material is hardly a batch of easy covers of Kirk tunes, and instead features some really wonderful numbers penned by Griffin – tunes filled with all the sense of soul and joy that Rahsaan brought to his own music. Titles include "There Is A Time For Love", "Darkness Of Duke", "It's About That Time", "A Dream For Rahsaan", and "Come Dance With Me". The last 4 tracks on the CD are from the album Now Is The Time – a rare post-Strata East session by trombonist Griffin, recorded with a super hip group and a very righteous sound! The album grooves with a great mix of modal and electric styles – strong solos out front, and some incredibly wonderful rhythms driving the whole set along. Players include Clifford Jordan
on tenor, Donald Smith on flute and piano, Hubert Eaves on piano, Billy Hart and Freddie Waits on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion – and one track features some great vocals by Donald Smith, who sung on some of the best 70s albums by his brother Lonnie Liston Smith! Great all the way through – and a massive record that's up there with the best on Black Jazz and Strata East at the time. Titles included here are "The Queen", "Peaceful Thinking", "Madrid", and a previously unreleased take of "Oree Me".
(Out of print.)