Randy Weston took his time making music his life's work. He was in his late twenties when he decided to leave the restaurant he owned and concentrate on jazz. In short order, his initial ten-inch LPs for Riverside attracted admiring reviews from important critics. His playing displayed both force and subtlety. He had a clear and deep understanding of the tradition. He was one of the first young pianists to get a firm handle on Thelonious Monk and incorporate Monk's approach into his own work. Later, with works like "Little Niles" and "Hi-Fly," Weston became a major jazz composer. Here, he concentrates mainly on interpreting standards in fresh ways. In the case of "Fire Down There," he worked with a traditional calypso theme that Sonny Rollins later altered into his famous "St. Thomas."