Not released initially until 1977, the music on this 1992 CD was the last recording made by the classic John Coltrane Quartet
; other slightly later records found the group augmented by additional musicians. Four of the five movements on this release (which are augmented by a lengthier second version of "Joy") would become part of the better-known Meditations
album (along with another movement) 2½-months later when tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders
and drummer Rashied Ali
temporarily made the group a sextet. Coltrane
(sticking here exclusively to tenor) plays passionately, alternating ferocious explorations with more lyrical sections.