The title is right, vibraphonist Teddy Charles was forging a new direction. Although the feel is rooted in the “cool jazz” sound and style that was happening on the west coast at that time, the music on this record is very inventive, both in composition and performance. The opening track “Free,” written by Shorty Rogers, illustrates this nicely with it’s longer form and somewhat unorthodox rhythmic theme.
Recorded in August 1953, Charles is on vibes (he plays piano on one track) and is joined by Shorty Rogers (tp), Jimmy Giuffre (ts), Curtis Counce (bs), and Shelly Manne (dr). (Details: Prestige PRLP 169/10″ LP/red with silver writing deepgroove label)