Glass Bead Games
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Glass Bead Games is arguably the crown jewel of the ‘Strata East movement’, an amorphous genre that treads an unusual path between post-bop, 70’s avant-garde and spiritual jazz, with a groove. This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression. Glass Bead Games is full of revelations at many levels. First, the decade of the 1970s did produce genuinely creative, "human" new music flowing from the jazz mainstream; second, Bill Lee was more than Spike's dad: he was a superlative bassist, a team player of the first order, a powerful catalyst who, if anything, deserves to be better known than his son; third, Billy Higgins was, as so many musicians insist, a once-in-a-lifetime drummer, the bellows inspiriting the collective flame.
Recorded October 29, 1973 at Minot Sound Studio, White Plains, NY.