Breakthrough (George Adams & Don Pullen album)

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Studio album by Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet
Released 1986
Recorded April 30, 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 39:19
Label Blue Note
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Breakthrough is an album by the Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet recorded in 1986 for the Blue Note label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Throughout the record, the band's creativity burns at white heat, making this disc a good first choice for newcomers to Pullen".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Don Pullen except as indicated
  1. "Mr. Smoothie" (George Adams) - 6:07
  2. "Just Foolin' Around" - 6:20
  3. "Song From the Old Country" - 8:13
  4. "We've Been Here All the Time" - 9:09
  5. "A Time for Sobriety" (Adams) - 9:43
  6. "The Necessary Blues (or: Thank You Very Much Mr Monk)" - 13:35 Bonus track on CD only
    • Recorded at RCA Studio A in New York City on April 30, 1986



  1. ^ Don Pullen discography accessed May 18, 2011
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed May 18, 2011
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 28, 1986). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 26, 2013.