This album is Walt Dickerson's masterpiece, a recital that manages to be both original and totally accessible. The title track, written in tribute to Dickerson's wife Elizabeth, is that rare blend of open structure and heartfelt affection, and the two standards also provide an excellent showcase for the vibist's crisp and clear-eyed approach. The supporting band is exceptional, including drummer Andrew Cyrille shortly before he established his historic alliance with Cecil Taylor and pianist Andrew Hill in his first New York session. It is bassist George Tucker, however, who forges the deepest connection with Dickerson, and their interplay is heavily featured in the introductory section of "To My Queen" and on the duet "God Bless the Child." Dickerson revisited his signature composition on a 1978 recording; but the original version here remains definitive.