For those listeners who are not yet cognizant of his status as one of the most eminent virtuoso piano players in the history of jazz, this newest release by John Hicks is as good a place as any to start. Hicks, who regrettably passed away in 2006, was rarely as recognized as colleagues McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, but Hicks was to combine the lush almost orchestral voicing of Tyner with the economic melodic invention of Hancock. This rare fusion of musical qualities resulted in the formation of a personal style that is as instantly identifiable as it is notable for both its lyricism and strength. Here is Hicks at his most inventive and creative recorded live in concert at the peak of his powers. With this release we are afforded the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with Hicks' talent in a rare performance of him alone at the keyboard, giving full reign to his limitless technique and imagination.