For a few years I’ve been following up on recordings by drummer Tony Williams that I had never heard, so I finally had to break down and get a copy of this little box. Five Blue Note albums on three CDs “in the tradition” from ’85-’91 make up this box. Electronic drums and machines on Foreign Intrigue sound tastefully dated, having both Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) and Mulgrew Miller (piano) in the same band forced the composer to tightly arrange the music so they don’t get in each other’s way.
Too bad Tony wasn’t more adventurous with the instrumentation, he always uses at least a front line of trumpet and saxophone with a piano in the rhythm section. The remaining four albums…maybe later I’ll listen deeper and check to find out how good the compositions are. After all that…Tony Williams was amazing, even on his most commercial/accessible releases.