A fantastic testament to the never-ending legacy of mindblowing music from Chicago's AACM collective – a live set that brings together some of the less-recorded musicians in the organization, all working through a set of beautiful live improvisations! The music is listed as "spontaneous improvisations" in the notes – but the whole thing has a very spiritual, very cohesive vibe – which illustrates a great sense of warmth and intimacy between all the players – pure
magic, of the sort that makes truly creative jazz such a pleasure
. The group's directed by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins on alto and soprano sax – a musician who you've no doubt heard before, and whose vision here is maybe one of his richest on record – thanks to contributions from Jerome Croswell on trumpet, Ed House on tenor, Adam Zanolini on soprano and flute, Taalib Din Ziyad on flute and vocals, Ben Lamar Gay on cornet, Art Turk Burton on congas, Jeremiah Collier on drums, Micah Collier on bass, and Saalik Ziyad on keyboard effects and vocals. Recorded live at the Currency Exchange Cafe – hosted by artist Theaster Gates – with titles that include "Great Black Music", "Way Out East", "Bells", "The Call", "Peace", "Ancient To The Future Power Stronger Than Itself", and "Vision Of Possibilities".