The blind alto and tenor saxophonist Eric Kloss was just 16 in 1965 when he recorded for Prestige Records the first of 11 worthy albums over four-and-a-half years. By the time he made the two LPs paired herein he was, at 19, a soloist to be reckoned with. The Pittsburgh product immediately and repeatedly proved his mettle with some of New York's heaviest, forging strong musical ties with most of this set's exceptional supporting cast. Aside from the late Booker Ervin, a major force on modern tenor saxophone, all of the sidemen featured here backed Kloss on at least two Prestige dates. Pushed by Ervin and the brilliant guitarist Pat Martino, Kloss is also spurred on by two standout, Jaki Byard–led rhythm sections. This music, from 1968 and '69, finds the emerging Kloss in full flight, whether the setting is post-bop or modal, standard or balladic.
with Pat Martino, Jaki Byard, Bob Cranshaw, Jack DeJohnette, Booker Ervin, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson