reunites Lou Donaldson
with organ great Big John Patton
, a component of virtually all of the altoist's strongest Argo label efforts -- time and time again, Patton
's sublimely funky grooves effectively sand away Donaldson
's wooden edges to create rolling melodic contours. Guitarist Ray Crawford
, trumpeter Bill Hardman
, drummer Bill Dixon
, and the presumably pseudonymous percussionist Cleopas "Mopedido" Morris
round out the session, which boasts a lighter, breezier approach than the earlier Signifyin'
circles around the hard-driving soul-jazz sensibilities of his later records but never quite commits, instead favoring lyrical solos well-matched to standards like "Laura," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and "Secret Love." An engaging and underrated record, most easily obtained via a 2007 Groove Hut two-fer.