01. Earl's World 12:46
02. Impact 05:38
03. Compassion 11:00
04. Truth 09:48
Charles Tolliver, trumpet
Nathan Page, guitar
Steve Novosel, bass
Alvin Queen, drums
Recorded November, 1977 in Paris.
Originally only released in Japan, Released in the USA in 1980 under the name Compassion by Strata-East
I cannot tell you how I stumbled on to this powerful recording, I can only tell you how happy I am that I did.
After you've had your fill of Miles, Coltrane, Mingus, and what have you, one must remember that there was so much more, everywhere…and how exhilarating it can be to find yet someone else who speaks to you.
This late 70's release has no essence of disco or funk, as so many jazzers tried to tap into that mainstream market of the time, instead what you get are 4 tunes of powerful straight ahead jazz.
The drums are forward in the mix, and a wonderful guitar plays underneath and over the whole thing, Tolliver weaves in and out perfectly, all making for some fantastic straight ahead, reflective and swinging with some attitude.
Dipping into some more Tolliver recordings I've convinced myself there is no heavier recording that he released than this, New Tolliver.