Despite its base in the capital of "cool" jazz, Contemporary Records did as much as any label to introduce voices of the "new thing," particularly on the alto saxophone. Ornette Coleman and Sonny Simmons, two alto players still making important music today, debuted on the label, as did the more traditional yet still forward-looking Jimmy Woods. Actually, Woods’s vocalized sound and accents are more reminiscent of Eric Dolphy and Art Pepper, two other Los Angeles altos who could also take chord-based music to the edge of freedom. In addition to intense solos, Woods also shows strength as a composer, particularly in his ability to put a fresh spin on the blues. His failure to make a lasting impact on the jazz scene in no way diminishes the power of this most impressive first effort.
with Joe Gordon, Martin Banks, Amos Trice, Dick Whittington, Jimmy Bond, Gary Peacock, Milt Turner