This album was recorded at the 28th annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, held on January 13th, 2001 in New York City. A pioneer of the jazz trio format, Taylor, along with bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Winard Harper, presented a heartfelt, very personal program here. His masterful, improvisational style and signature use of stride elements made for a most memorable performance best described by Taylor himself: "This concert was really a tribute to my friends and colleagues who were named the NEA Jazz Masters of 2001: John Lewis, Jackie McLean and Randy Weston. The audience consisted largely of IAJE members and their extended families, affording me a rare occasion to perform
for a roomful of my peers."