Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny oder Keith Jarrett wussten alle sehr genau, was sie am im vorigen Herbst gestorbenen texanischen Saxophonisten Dewey Redman hatten. Den erdigen, vom Blues kommenden ton, die satte Wärme und den rauen Improvisationsfluss stellte er in ihren Dienst. … Umso schöner, wenn ECM hier die Archive öffnet und diese kraftvolle Session von 1982 erstmals auf CD bringt. Abwechslungsreich, identitätsbewusst und tief beseelt.
Ulrich Steinmetzger, Leipziger Volkszeitung
Dewey was showing the way with this supremely hip meeting between bop, blues and freedom. Veering between the joyously abstract bop of the opener to the wonderfully raunchy, low-down R&B of ‘Turn over Baby’, the self-taught Texan’s throaty, avant-blues gregariousness receives top notch support. Ed Blackwell’s buoyant rhythms are loose and pithy at the same time. Meanwhile, ex-Motown pianist Charles Eubanks is an intelligent, underrated player… Another underrated player, Mark Helias, was a key member of Blackwell’s group and combines superbly, contributing a series of dextrous solos too. … A welcome reissue.
Tom Barlow, Jazzwise
The years have been good to this essentially blowing session, mainly because of Redman’s sheer, all-enveloping warmth and authority, and the richness of his imagination. It’s also more conventional than might be expected; he ventures a bit out of the paddock in a marvellously fresh solo on the uptempo Thren, and while Combinations is an example of the band playing free, there’s a sense of discipline and focus to their work. Otherwise, it’s clearly bop-derived, but not slavishly so, even on the Bird tune, Dewey Square. And with Blackwell stoking the fires, the band has a vibrant, take-no-prisoners air.
Ray Comiskey, Irish Times