Joe McPhee might not turn up alongside John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Coleman on the average jazz fan's top ten list, but then he's not your average player. A multi-instrumentalist improviser who's best known for his tenor sax and trumpet work, McPhee took the avant-garde to new, more respectable levels in the early- to mid-1970s when too many people had stopped paying attention. Diehards know that this man, who has recorded over 60 discs in the past 35 years, is the most consistently mind-bending lyrical firebrand living and breathing in the genre today. Wish you could see Coltrane, Sanders or Coleman in their prime? Come witness the brilliant spirit of Joe McPhee and his Trio X. The avant-garde is still alive.