I feel a bit privileged to be the first to do a review of this great album on the UK site. It starts with an ear-ache inducing "Crisis". Apparently, all the musicians played separately over a recording of Jaco's bass line without ever hearing what the other musicians had laid down on tape, hence its chaotic structure. The record executives thought it would be suicide to start with this track, but it does help to make the second track act like a soothing balm. It's the magical "Three Views of a Secret", regarded by many as Jaco's finest ever composition and it originally appeared on Weather Reports "Night Passage". The third track, "Liberty City" is another big-band number and is quite long and varied in style. The next three tracks are a triptych of experimental bass playing, with a clever solo on the "Blackbird" cover and a rather aggressive style displayed during "Word of Mouth". The finale "John and Mary" is absolutely sublime. The musicianship displayed throughout this album is of the highest order, not just from Jaco but from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jack de Johnette, Don Alias, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans...the list goes on and on. What's more, they are all give the space and freedom to fully express themselves. Although his debut album is extremely good, I think this album is even better. If you only get one Jaco album, get this one. It proves that, in his own words, he was indeed the "best bass player in the world".