When Larry Young's Unity and Tony Williams' Life Time were reissued in the first round of the Blue Note RVG Edition Series nearly ten years ago, I was surprised that Grachan Moncur III's revolutionary "Evolution" didn't join them. Although it is more avant-garde than the average BN outing of the time, it is one of those albums that collectors have been screaming to have available for years. (In fairness, it was available as part of a Mosaic Select set since 2003.) Well EMI has finally evolved to the point where this fine disc is with us once again. This November 21, 1963 recording is the third of three sessions featuring Jackie McLean on alto sax, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Moncur on trombone. (The first, Jackie McLean's "One Step Beyond," now becomes the leading candidate for RVG reissue IMO; I have reviewed the second, McLean's Destination Out!) In many ways, this date is the strongest of the three, primarily because the chemistry these musicians established after three recording sessions, not to mention live dates as they were a working band, is truly impressive. Tony Williams return as the drummer (he also plays on "Beyond," but was replaced by Roy Haynes on "Out") is significant and essential to establishing a more expansive rhythmic foundation. The addition of Lee Morgan to the frontline was a stroke of genius, and this is one of the few "out" BN recordings he participated on. (I wonder how much his involvement on this date influenced his Search for the New Land?) Finally, all four of Moncur's original compositions are amazing, quirky classics, from the shifting pace of "Air Raid," to the haunting title track, to the classic modern groove of "The Coaster," to the mischievous "Monk in Wonderland." Listening to this album again makes me so grateful that other jazz fans can finally evolve!