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Excerpted from KEN VANDERMARK's Liner Notes: "Joe McPhee mapped out a stylistically expansive set, one that embraced methods as diverse as those developed by Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Grant Green, Cecil Taylor & Sonny Rollins on the three tracks encompassing NATION TIME. Joe & his band, through vision and work, made these various approaches their own. NATION TIME represents real "FREE JAZZ": the freedom to pursue sounds & rhythms that inspire players to improvise with individual vitality & passion - no matter what different kinds of music are represented. McPhee knew this four decades ago, as did many of the other musicians whose ideas can be felt in the vibrations on this album. It's about time we all caught up to Joe McPhee's inclusionary tactics. He called for them almost 40 years ago when these tracks were recorded, and yet many people still haven't figured out that music IS free when the ears become free to listen without preconceptions & prejudice.