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Wilderness; Spectrum: The Anthology

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Save for his recent untimely death, Wilderness would be but a blip on the radar screen of this innovator’s greatness, a brave yet flawed attempt by the drummer to feature himself as a composer. But the fury Tony Williams, guitarist John McLaughlin, and organist Larry Young evoked in 1969-70 on the two-CD Spectrum still sounds edgy, like some avant-bop meltdown of Ornette Coleman and the Velvet Underground — and no one ever played the drums with such abandon.
Wilderness: C-
Spectrum: A-