A great sounding recording of Ornettes groundbreaking trio. This album is a fine example of the new direction that Coleman developed after the original OC quartet had disbanded. He's re-thought his playing and his leadership style completely, abandoning the be-bop jazz structures which informed his earlier work, seeming to lead simply by blowing a melodic line and allowing full freedom to his band.
Charles Moffat starts impessively, coaxing a rather startling drone from his ride cymbal, not a convential sound, but perfectly suited to the occasion. His playing is as musical as ever a drummer could be, and is presented in glorius 3D by the recording.
David Izenson blends perfectly with Moffat in the rhythm role, and bows his bass to create beautiful mournful solos.
The re-issue pretty much doubles the length of the original LP, with 2 lengthy alternative versions and an extra composition. Really, what we have here is a two part cd, the alt takes mean this doesn't really add up to a musically satisfying whole, even though the versions are so interestingly different.
No matter, listen to the first half, then stop. Later on, come back and listen to the second half as an alternate remake (twin) of the first. The second half wouldn't have disappointed if released as a single LP, and the contrast presumably gives clues to the "harmolodic technique" of the bandleader. Coleman deliberately issued Hidden Man/Three Women as two "takes" of the same album, so I imagine he'd approve.