The latest release from the Jonathan Horwich’s CD reissue imprint International Phonograph, Flight For Four is in essence a return by Horwich to his roots. He worked with Carter and Bradford in the 1960’s while running Revelation Records, and then later remastered their complete Revelation sides for Mosaic in a 3 CD box in 2010 (Mosaic Select 36). Carter and Bradford were west coast free jazz innovators, whose partnership grew out of their association with Ornette Coleman. Their quartet here includes Tom Williamson on bass and Bruz Freeman on drums.
This 1969 session was originally released on Flying Dutchman, record producer Bob Thiele’s next label after Impulse! Flight For Four, recorded shortly after the Revelation sides is some of the most mesmerizing and fascinating new jazz music of the late 1960’s, or any time since. Carter and Bradford play as though they have been working together since birth, and if you have any affinity for new music, this is indispensible. Horwich obtained the original tapes and had them transferred to 24/96 digital and mastered by Steve Marlowe, who has mastered all the International Phonograph releases. The sound is superb with solid bass and instruments well defined on the soundstage.