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This import reissue documents the early stirrings of M-Base. Drummer Doug Hammond leads an odd ensemble of drums, two alto saxes (Steve Coleman and Byard Lancaster, who doubles on flute), occasional piano (Kirk Lightsey), and cello (Muneer Abdul Fataah). Steve Coleman contributes four of the 11 compositions, including the brief but powerful "Uhren", which a few years later would lead off the Dave Holland Quintett's Seeds of Time album. Hammond was practically a sixth member of Holland's group of the time, contributing a number of fine compositions. "Figit Time" which ends this session and also Holland's 1987 classic The Razor's Edge, is a good example. There's a marked Dolphy-esque flavor to this band, with their alto/flute/cello constellation bringing Out There to mind on occasion. But the heady rhythmic concepts of Hammond and Steve Coleman were a whole new thing. ~

David R. Adler, All Music Guide

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1.Space and Things Suite: Lopin'[05:15]
2.Space and Things Suite: Water Moves[05:10]
3.Space and Things Suite: Spell Dance --...[03:54]
4.To My Family (Hammond)[04:02]
5.Cüd Ba-Rith (S.Coleman)[03:39]
6.Snakepit Strut (S.Coleman)[01:58]
7.Mini Ensemble (Hammond)[05:17]
8.Rizz Biz (Hammond)[04:40]
9.Uhren (S.Coleman)[02:27]
10.Murdxas (S.Coleman)[05:20]
11.Figit Time (Hammond)[02:24]

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