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This concert from 1983 is one of Crispell's earliest official releases, and has been out of print (on LP) for years. Coming on the eve of her decade-long participation with the Anthony Braxton Quartet, one can hear many of the elements that made her such a perfect fit for that group: an ideal combination of technical brilliance,
structural audacity, and an open, fearless approach to improvisation. While there are parallels with Cecil Taylor -- a clear, stated influence of Crispell's -- her work here communicates differently: the pace and drive and clusters are there, but there is also more room for rumination and a clear beauty. It's a stunning document of pianist just coming into her own.