A compelling title – as the record was recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios in New York, one of the hippest places to lay down tracks at the time – but the cover shows an image of the Playboy building in Chicago, famous from the TV show Playboy's Penthouse, Hugh Hefner's first foray into television! The actual music is equally compelling too – as the record is one of Ahmad
's first non-trio sessions, and features some great larger arrangements from Joe Kennedy – backing the trio of Jamal
, Vernel Fournier, and Israel Crosby with some light strings that create a wonderfully dreamy feel! Ahmad
's piano glides along wonderfully in such a setting – set free a bit more than usual, and really sounding great on tracks that include "Ivy", "Comme Ci, Comme Ca", "Tangerine", "Never Never Land", "Ahmad
's Blues", and "Seleritus".
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small trace of a price sticker, light surface wear, and minor seam splits.)