Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mark Soskin (piano); Aurell Ray (guitar); Jerome Harris (bass); Mark Williams (drums).
Recorded at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California between April 13 & 15, 1978. Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Aurell Ray (electric 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar); Donald Byrd (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mark Soskin (piano, electric piano); Jerry Harris (electric bass); Tony Williams (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Audio Remixer: Jim Stern.
Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Recording information: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (04/13/1978-04/15/1978).
Photographer: Jim Marshall .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donald Byrd; Jerome Harris; Mark Soskin; Tony Williams .
Recorded during a four-night stand at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on April, 1978, and backed by a quartet featuring the great Tony Williams (playing at his best and least flashy on "Silver City") on drums, Rollins runs through three originals (including the excellent calypso-styled title track) and a rendition of "Autumn Nocturne" featuring a remarkable extended introductory solo which then continues throughout the song proper. Halfway through this double-album-length set, Rollins introduces his "very special friend" Donald Byrd, whose trumpet and flugelhorn share center stage with Rollins' tenor sax. At the time, Byrd had been primarily writing and producing slick soul-jazz-pop for his proteges the Blackbyrds, but he'd lost none of his prodigious chops, shown to best effect on his own "A Child's Prayer" and on Kevin Toney's "Non-Cents," where all three stars have extended solo workouts.