- Audio Cassette (Oct 17 1990)
- Format: Import
- Label: Capitol
- ASIN: B00008EUIW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
|3. From Before|
|4. Love Song|
Most of _Spring_ consists of interesting free-but-not-exactly-dissonant sketches with varying instrumentation. The opening "Extras" is a double-tenor affair with Sam Rivers and Wayne Shorter twisting and colliding off one another, Gary Peacock's intuitive and quick-minded bass work, Tony backing them up, and no piano. As is typical with all the music on this LP, it sounds like the musicians are really intently listening to one another. It's an intimate setting, one in which you can actually hear the sax players' pads popping. "Echo" is a 5-minute drum solo in which Tony runs through various understated rhythmic ideas in a fairly systematic way. Herbie Hancock joins in on piano for the rest of the tracks, the most overtly tuneful of which is "Love Song", which features Sam Rivers.
This album makes for interesting listening, but it's not quite as satisfying or cohesive as certain other free-but-not-quite-dissonant works such as Herbie Hancock's "The Egg" and "The Collector" (the latter of which is on the CD reissue of Wayne Shorter's _Adam's Apple_). Still, it's a worthy and fairly impressive effort.
If you're a musician, hearing a session like this makes you wish you were taking part in it. I'm more impressed by recordings that "scare" me back into the practice room.