To a greater extent than on any of his four previous Prestige albums, Charles McPherson stepped out of the shadow cast by his major influence Charlie Parker on Horizons. This resulted from the uncommon ensemble sound of his sextet, where McPherson is the lone horn joined by vibes, guitar, and piano, and from the vivid melodic and structural character of his four original compositions. Instrumentation and material combined to underscore the lyricism and energy in McPherson's approach, and produced such indelible performances as the arresting title track and the tour de force alto/guitar duet "Lush Life." Cedar Walton, Pat Martino, and the rest of the group gave McPherson everything he needed in the way of support, and helped to create what remains an exemplary program from one of the most substantial and uncompromising voices in the jazz world.
with Cedar Walton, Nasir Hafiz, Pat Martino, Walter Booker, Billy Higgins