Review: Recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California in 1974, Azar Lawrence's debut album Bridge Into The New Age has long been considered a cornerstone of spiritual jazz-fusion by collectors. The album contained a notable supporting cast, including a pre-Philadelphia International Jean Carn (whose superb vocals can be heard on a number of album cuts, most notably the superb title track) and Miles Davis' percussionist, James Mtume. The album's genius lies in its breezy combination of psychedelic-era West Coast positivity, Sun Ra style spirituality and the loose-and-improvised ethos of free jazz. Lawrence's soprano and tenor saxophone work is superb throughout, as you'd expect. On this timely reissue, the album has been re-mastered and pressed in audiophile-friendly 180g vinyl.