When I heard this record by jazz pianist, composer and singer Amina Claudine Meyers on the radio back in the early 80’s in NY, I wrote down the title and went to Tower Records on Broadway and bought it. It is not something I play often but I do come back to it when I want to hear what a real piano sounds like. The record has a spare, underproduced quality, Ms. Meyers can wail with the best of them, but her piano work is superb; she captures a sort of forgotten sound- of a big instrument being played at full tilt with majesty and power, but singing in a mournful voice. The vocals sound overloaded to me, which is unfortunate, but the record is worth hunting for. The original LEO Records pressing is the one to buy; i have an audiophile ‘re-do’ which sounds flat and lifeless by comparison. Be prepared to explain how you fit a grand piano into your apartment when the neighbors ask.
postscript: February 2019- this record has assumed even more significance for me since I first bought it in the early ’80s and wrote about it here a few years ago. Cecil McBee on bass– a performer whose work I’ve discovered in my exploration of spiritual jazz discussed elsewhere on this site. Copies of this record haven’t gotten any cheaper. I’d jump on the original US Leo pressing now if you can find it.