Various: Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today?
What better way to start off a first rate groove feast than with the iron chef of soulful soufflés himself Brother Jug in close collusion with his most famous foil Sonny Stitt. The two tenors hit the ground running on the call and response changes of “You Talk That Talk” though there’s a strange echo that clings doggedly to Stitt’s lines. Fellow Chicagoan George Freeman takes a concise solo and the tune dutifully disperses. Husband and wife team Turrentine and Scott ring in next with a well-roasted chestnut from their seminal Blue Note summit Never Let Me Go. Major Holley’s supple upright handles the bass line freeing up Ms. Scott to fill in with chain of greasy flourishes. Later disc highlights include Quebec’s “Easy- Don’t Hurt” a lush vamp driven burner equipped with a title that doesn’t mince words and the concluding organ jam to end all jams Grant Green’s quarter hour “Blues In Maude’s Flat.”
Joel Dorn’s successful ploy to plunder both Prestige and Blue Note vaults for this selection of cuts virtually guarantees the caliber of grooves on hand. Cherry picked and hand sequenced there isn’t a single one that disappoints. Anemic organ comps may abound, but this one has some real meat on the bones and is perfect for freeway listening with the windows rolled down and the speakers cranked up.
Track Listing: Gene Ammons & Leon Spencer- You Talk That Talk/ Stanley Turrentine & Shirley Scott- Trouble/ Charles Earland- The Mighty Burner/ Willis Jackson & Jack McDuff- This
Personnel: Gene Ammons- tenor saxphone; George Freeman- guitar; Sonny Stitt- tenor saxophone; Leon Spencer- organ; Idris Muhammad- drums; Stanley Turrentine- tenor saxphone; Shirley Scott- organ; Major Holly- bass; Al Harewood- drums; Ray Barretto- conga, tambourine; Charles Earland- organ; Virgil Jones- trumpet; Houston Person- tenor saxophone; Melvin Sparks- guitar; Buddy Caldwell- conga; Willis Jackson- tenor saxophone; Jack McDuff- organ; Milt Hinton- bass; Buck Clarke- conga; Alvin Johnson- drums; Lou Donaldson- alto saxophone; John Patton- organ; Tommy Turrentine- trumpet; Grant Green- guitar; Ben Dixon- drums; Ike Quebec- tenor saxophone; Freddie Roach- organ; Al Harewood- drums; Jimmy Smith- organ; Kenny Burrell- guitar; Donald Bailey- drums; Carl Wilson- organ; Frank Robinson- trumpet; Leonard Gaskin- bass; Joe Hadrick- drums.
Record Label: Label M