Bringing together the raw jazz, rock and blues talent of Graham Bond with Cream and Jack Bruce lyricist Pete Brown. Graham Bond was at the vanguard of 60s British musicians pioneering fusions of jazz, r'n'b and the newly emerging rock sensibility, most notably in his own seminal Graham Bond Organisation, which included the likes of Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Dick Heckstall-Smith and, briefly, John McLaughlin. Pete Brown composed lyrics for some of the most classic songs of the 60'sfor Cream including White Room and Sunshine of Your Love as well as inspirational beat poetry . After the demise of Brown'sband Piblokto (also highly regarded in rock circles), Bond and Brown came together. A fusion of jazz, rock and Afro influences they created a truly unique album that was to prove Graham Bond'sfinal recorded work before his tragic death in 1974. Featuring a wealth of bonus material, this welcome reissue is a tribute to Graham Bond'slegacy and the enduring talent of Pete Brown.
This double-CD set gave bassist Milt Hinton an opportunity to engage in reunions with many of his old friends from the 1930s. The seven sessions were compiled during a 12-month period and the results are often delightful. The opening "Old Man Time" is sung by Hinton himself, and it is both insightful and humorous. The other highlights include Joe Williams singing "Four or Five Times" (which features some very rare Flip Phillips clarinet), three bass guitar duets with Danny Barker, appearances by Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Al Grey, Ralph Sutton, and the formation of a group called "The Survivors" that has guitarist Al Casey at age 75 being the youngest member; the latter band also includes 85-year-old trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Eddie Barefield, Buddy Tate and even Cab Calloway. A lot of storytelling takes place during the songs and, in addition to the 92½ minutes of music, there are two "Jazzspeaks." The 13-minute one features Hinton, Calloway, Cheatham and Barefield reminiscing about their experiences in the early days, while a marvelous 45-minute monologue by the bassist covers most of his long and productive life and is consistently fascinating. Highly recommended.