Saxophonist Azar Lawrence grew up during an era of prolificacy and transcendence in jazz music. While still very young, Azar began playing with many jazz legends and, at just 17, performed his first professional gigs abroad with Clark Terry and Muddy Waters. He went on to play with jazz luminaries like Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. These priceless years made an indelible mark on Lawrence's life and music, imbuing him with a spirituality that would last a life time. He also released several albums of his own before the age of 25 including 1974's Bridge Into the New Age, the first of three albums he recorded as a leader for Prestige. Cut when he was just 21, the ambitious 5-track collection sparkles with virtuosity, vivid ideas and palpable textures while incorporating the roots of a number of jazz sub-genres including post-bop, spiritual soul, Latin, Afro Cuban and funky acoustic modal.