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Released back in 1983, this modal to slightly free jazz outfit from California takes us on a journey back to the late 60s and very early 70s, into the spiritual realms of greats like John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane and Miles Davis, among others. Only few contemporary sounds from the bass and keyboards tell you that this album is newer than expected. Listening to it with far over 30 years distance, it easily stands the test of time and even more turns out to be one of these mind bending gems with an ever pulsating flow of magic being transferred into music. With a lead guitar added this could do justice to everything the M. O. had ever released, but there is no need for guitars when you have a piano player going crazy and a rhythm section that seems to dance the Saint Vitus dance with each other. Please get me right; this is utterly tight and well performed with each note and each beat sitting where they belong. There are shapes of melodies rather than lines as common with modal jazz. What Miles Davis started 24 years earlier culminates in a sheer musical eruption on this album, which hardly anybody will remember these days. The atmosphere of “Hassan's Walk” is deep and enthralling. When the band reaches its starting point, again melody wise after a fantastic roller coaster ride in the sense of an explosive musical performance and relentless improvisations you will fall on your knees. Exhausted but happy. And there is more to experience here. Souljazz of the light-footed yet highly energetic kind, and bits and pieces you can relate to Latin music meet each other on this battlefield of sounds and melodies. I cannot help but I feel totally hypnotized. For all aficionados of at least a bit far out jazz music this is exactly what you need.