Though this Horace Silver group contained no outright superstars, their unity and foot-stomping swing made them one of the most solid groups during the hard-bop era. Mitchell and Cook served in Silver’s frontline for over five years—their controlled, energetic choruses are dripping with soulfulness and both men are at their best with Silver’s funky riffing behind them. The enthusiasm doesn’t wane for a moment through the entire tune, and things really get going as Silver digs in. His well-planned choruses build one after another, with each successive chorus a logical response to what was played in the previous. A great introduction to a hard-bop pioneer.
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