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 limited numbered edition – in great shape!)