This brief (about 40 minutes) but extremely satisfying disc features performances from a tour of New York State colleges in 1966. The Arkestra's top guns, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and Pat Patrick are all present for duty and loaded for bear. Three lengthy pieces make up the bulk of the recording. On the first track, "Dancing Shadows," Gilmore wastes no time proving that he ranks among the all-time great tenor saxophonists as he delivers a brawny, take-no-prisoners solo. Beginning with a rhythmic figure, Gilmore goes on to develop a wide range of ideas, sqealing and honking, building momentum and excitement and swinging hard all the way, finally ending the solo with a long, piercing shriek. Whew! On "Exotic Forest," Marshall Allen's oboe weaves around and through the the throbbing, atmospheric haze of the bass and drums. Incidentally, although the jacket credits only one trap drummer,there are two--Clifford Jarvis and a second, uncredited one--Ra discographer Robert L. Campbell thinks it's Jimmy Johnson or Roger Blank. Baritone saxophonist Pat Patrick is featured on "Shadow World," followed by an arco bass solo from Ronnie Boykins and a terse keyboard statement from Sonny himself. The three long pieces are interspersed with a variety of shorter ones, which include brief musical interludes, vocal chants and spoken poetry. The recording quality is pretty good, although the drums nearly overpower the horns occasionally, and the voices are a bit faint sometimes, but that's a minor quibble. This is probably not the best place for newcomers to jump into Sun Ra's extensive catalog, but once you've got a few of the Evidence and Delmark discs from the 1950's, this one is a worthy addition. Recommended, especially for Gilmore fans.