I first heard this as a teenager growing up in Ipswich. Since it wasn't obtainable there l made a special trip to Ray's in London to buy it and it has been with me now for nearly 40 years. For much of that time it was the only jazz album l owned and l struggle to think of a better one l have ever bought. The composition and playing are wonderful- yes it has tunes but what makes this really stand out is the feeling behind the playing. To my mind a lot of jazz suffers from a lot of senseless playing- because people have the technical ability to play well you get a lot of notes but no real feeling of communication. On this album much of the music is joyous but it is also sometimes sad, wistful, energetic, elegaic. It also has some iffy bits (including the dreaded drum solo)but there is so much great music this is something its impossible not to love. I should also mention it has the most beautiful sleeve l ever saw. This is a pretty obscure recording but in a just world this would be celebrated for the work the work of genius it undoubtedly is.