A soul jazz Latin classic – one that matches the searing tenor work of Eddie Lockjaw Davis
with the hard-hitting conga of a young Ray Barretto! The core group of the set is a soul jazz one – with Lockjaw
blowing over rhythm by Lloyd Mayers on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – plus a small added trumpet section on a few tracks. Ray comes into the mix with some really tight percussion on the bottom, aided by a few other players at times – kicking up the tunes and giving them a lot of fire – something that Davis
seems to really respond to in his horn. Thanks should also be given to arranger Gil Lopez, who put together the overall sound of the set – and the album's a hard groover all the way through, filled with Latin jammers like "Wild Rice", "Jazz-a-Samba", "Guanco Lament", "Afro Jaws", and "Tin Tin Deo".
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a split spine, edge wear, staple holes in the top right corner, and some splitting in the bottom seam.)