Another wonderful Contemporary LP. This Yellow Label Stereo pressing was a nice step up from most of what we heard, earning an A++ on side one and an A+ on side two. Side one was particularly good — the bottom end is superb, the vibra-harp sounds great and the piano has good weight. There’s lots of energy and the overall sound is big and open.
Side two was clean, clear and transparent but not quite as dynamic as side one.
Not an easy record to come by, and they usually don’t sound this good when you manage to track one down.
Excursion on a Wobbly Rail
It’s an amazing document of a talent fairly straining at the reins, a meteor about to burst onto the jazz scene and render it forever changed. With Earl Griffith on vibes, Taylor uses an instrumentation he would return to occasionally much later on, one that lends an extra percussive layer to the session, emphasizing the new rhythmic attacks he was experimenting with… Looking Ahead! is a vital recording from the nascence of one of the towering geniuses of modern music and belongs in any jazz fan’s collection.