Format: LP, Vinyl
The first (of four) volumes entitled ‘Eastern Rebellion’ features tenor saxophonist George Coleman, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins. It was recorded on 10th December 1975 in New York and released on the Dutch Timeless label. ‘Bolivia’ kicks the album off in driving Hard Bop mode. Coleman’s lead-off solo is the epitome of soulfulness and a prelude to Walton’s incisive and expressive contribution, whilst Jones’ bass sizzles. Coltrane’s ‘Naima’ is reverential yet does not quite reach the tumultuous heights of the original. It is still very pretty, however. The evocative and deep ‘5/4 Thing’, written by Coleman has a modal feel, both his rich tenor and Walton’s expansive piano embrace the ambiance of the piece. ‘Bittersweet’ is a bright and brash number that swings albeit subtly. ‘Mode For Joe’ possesses a lighter touch than its original incarnation on Joe Henderson’s album of the same name, yet it is hypnotic and compelling.