Liner notes by Michael Cuscuna
Ken McIntyre's music has always held a special attraction for me. Just as I was discovering modern jazz, his second Prestige album "Looking Ahead" with Eric Dolphy came out. I played it endlessly. There was something so lyrical and joyous in Ken's playing and writing that it was absolutely infectious. I doubled back to his first album "Stone Blues" with a Quintet that included trombonist John Mancebo Lewis. By that time, "The Year Of The Iron Sheep", produced by Alan Douglas, was issued. Curiously, Lewis was listed in the personnel, but his trombone was nowhere to be found on the album. Even then, I thought that there must have been more music than was released. There was. Preparing to reissue this material, I found six originals by Ken's Quintet, with Lewis as well as a version of "Speak Low" and another original with the quartet that featured Jaki Byard, all of which have sat in the vaults for 35 years. They are included in this collection for the first time with Ken's enthusiastic approval.