A rare lost groover! Guitarist Johnny Shacklett originally hailed from Indianapolis, but this session has him working in Madison, Wisconsin – with a trio that includes organist Mel Rhyne and his brother Ronnie on drums. Mel was the original organist with Wes Montgomery
when he lived in Indiana, and his work on the album is great, and especially fitting to Shacklett's guitar style, which is clearly influenced by Wes
. The wildest part of the record, though, is this weird guitar-sculpture thingy that Johnny uses – called a Baraka, and sort of a mixture of electric guitar and balalaika, strung into a weird harp-shaped instrument. Johnny's playing the instrument on the front cover – and that image alone is almost worth the price of the record! The music's pretty straight soul jazz guitar/
organ material – but it's all very nice, and the overall package is pretty wonderful. Titles include "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Hoffman House Blues", "Birk's Works", and "Haskell's Tune".
(Cover has ring & edge wear, with some stains, a bit of marker, and a small peeled mark on the back.)