Byard Lancaster: Live at Macalester College (2008)
All the musicians on this record are outstanding and it is surprising that they are not better known, but the one who stands out from the group is drummer J.R. Mitchell whose propulsive rhythms push the others to new and unexplored terrains in their soloing, all the while attempting to preserve a unity of sound and space.
This first-time issue CD adds 25 minutes of new material to the LP with impeccable sound quality and a reproduction of the beautiful cover art of the original.
The music on this reissue is consistently intriguing and stimulating, but fails to form a cohesive whole; ending up as a grouping of a variety of ingenious and creative musical ideas.
Track Listing: 1324; Last Summer; War World; Live at Macalester; World in Me; Thought.
Personnel: Byard Lancaster: horns; J. R. Mitchell: percussion; Calvin Hill: bass; Paul Morrison: electric bass; Lester Lumley: conga & percussion; Sid Simmons: piano; Jerome Hunter: bass.
Record Label: Porter Records
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde