In my opinion this is the finest of Ornette's albums from the Altantic era, his debut for the label, and an album imbued with a drive and momentum all its own. In many ways, aside from it being one of the great "free" jazz records, I often consider it to be one of my favourite "blues" albums of all time as well. From the affecting "Lonely Woman", to the terrific "Eventually", Ornette's musical aesthetic is perfectly summed up with this recording. Of course, there's many more fine albums to get by this great musician, but for me this one remains the one I return to time and again, twenty years on. The group is outstanding, and as an example of improvised music it's right up there. You have to "go with" Ornette Coleman as a listener, but his musical message is such a powerful and engaging one that to "expect the unexpected" soon becomes a joy.