James Newton - Flute Music LP
Label: Morning Trip
James Newton's 1977 self-released solo-debut, Flute Music is an unheralded gem of the '70s jazz underground. An album that showcases a diverse range of styles and fervent cross-pollination, while retaining a clear sense of direction and cohesion. Newton would later go on to record with revered jazz labels like India Navigation and ECM, and collaborate with fellow creative luminaries like Sam Rivers, Anthony Davis, Andrew Cyrille, David Murray, and John Carter. But Flute Music captures Newton's fiery creativity and experimental nature in its earliest blossom.