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Lacy's profound influence on the avant-garde can be traced back to this phenomenal session with Enrico Rava (trumpet), Johnny Dyani (bass) and Louis Moholo (drums) which is a pivotal recording in the career of the master soprano saxophonist. Steve Lacy's involvement in avant-garde jazz began with this historical recording date for ESP recorded live in Buenos Aires in 1966. This is the re-mastered version which was also phase corrected after reports that the whole of the original recording was out of phase. ESP founder Bernard Stollman recounts an anecdote on the label's website regarding his acquisition of this recording: "The late Steve Lacy visited the new ESP-DISK office at 156 5th avenue with a master tape of his concert in Buenos Aires with his quartet, Louis Moholo, Enrico Rava and Johnny Dyani. He offered to sell the master for what I thought was an exorbitant price. I bought it." One of the governing elements of the recoding is the authoritative presence of drummer Lous T. Moholo, who lends thunderous support to the dueling horns of Lacy's soprano sax and Enrico Rava's trumpet, who proves himself to be every bit Lacy's match.