on 20 March 2002
Digby Fairweather called this group "a dazzling quartet, one of the great small groups in jazz." I wouldn't argue with that, in fact if I rated my own collection in order of gratification this CD would be in the top three. Sadly the group lasted only from 1973 to 1975; this recording being made live in 1974.
The group consisted of two gifted virtuosos and two modest rhythm
men, Michael Moore (bass) and Wayne Wright (guitar), who, during the whole of the 20 tracks never take a solo. They simply provide the finest of backgrounds for Ruby Braff (trumpet) and George Barnes (guitar) to create masterful patterns. Musically the empathy of these co-equal accompanists provides jazz in the mainstream form of the highest integrity. The more you hear this music the more you appreciate it.
Without doubt this is a very special recording made by the New School Audio Engineering Class and as stated the music is recorded very satisfactorily however there were no voice mics. so much of the verbal crossfire is lost. But there again one buys these CDs for the music.