It's wonderful to have a window on the work these three musicians were doing in '83. I feel like there's a hole in our awareness of what was happening in this music around this time. The players and the group conception are brilliant and a joy to hear!
Forty years ago, the trio of of trumpeter Vance Provey, drummer Whit Dickey and Bassist Spin Dunbar spent the better part of a year working on Mr. Provey's new musical concepts. Then they went into the studio and made this sublime record. It sat on a shelf waiting, until now.
Vance Provey was working on his music at Bennington College at the invitation of Bill Dixon, first as an artist in residence and then as a teaching assistant. He was doing deep work trying to get across the music that he wanted to hear. Whit was a student in the program who was coming into his own voice and they began doing a series of duets. Vance pushed Whit hard, Whit pushed back just as hard and they moved the music forward. Vance had heard Spin Dunbar play and thought him a "damn good bass player" who could add the final piece. He asked him to join them and the trio worked and worked, playing constantly until it all came into place and they knew they had something. This record is the result of all that work.
The recording is as vital today as it was when it was made 40 years ago and we are privileged to have it with us.