A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson
– his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson
never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would have envied, and which sparkles with some of Rudolph
's most soulful 70s contemporaries – like Sonny Fortune or Andrew White! The tunes are almost all originals, and have this depth of vision that really holds us rapt throughout – a way of digging in and continuing to find new meaning throughout the course of Johnson
's solos – with superb rhythm backing from the trio of Kirk Lightsey on piano, Kent Brinkley on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. Lightsey is wonderful too – maybe his best performance on record – and titles include the sublime numbers "The Highest Pleasure", "The Traveler", "Time and Space", and "The Water Bearer".