One of the hippest sets that Duke Pearson
ever recorded – and an all-out Blue Note soul jazz set that's even better than Pearson
's classic Sweet Honey Bee! Duke
's style is deeper and more farther-reaching here – with echoes of styles used at the time by Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – carried off with some of the more tightly-arranged modes used by Pearson
on his backdrops for other players at the time. The group here includes James Spaulding on alto, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Garnett Brown on trombone, and rhythm by Gene Taylor on bass and Grady Tate on drums. Tracks have a strong overall focus on the groove – rolling around in that rollicking mid 60s Blue Note style that Pearson
helped establish as the label's trademark at the time – but titles are also touched with some of Duke
's lighter lyricism, especially on his own solos. Titles include "Make It Good", "Chili Peppers", "Rotary", "Los Malos Hombres", and "Scrap Iron".
(Liberty pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has peeling along the bottom, some wear, staining on the back, a split bottom seam, and some splitting on the other seams.)