The great tenor Illinois Jacquet
is joined by a ten-piece group that includes trumpeter Joe Newman
and Milt Buckner on piano and organ for this 1969 Prestige studio session which has been reissued on CD by the OJC series. Jacquet
is in prime form, particularly on "The Soul Explosion" (which benefits from a Jimmy Mundy
arrangement), a definitive "After Hours" and a previously unissued version of "Still King." This blues-based set is full of soul but often swings quite hard with the focus on Jacquet
's exciting tenor throughout.