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.
Personnel: Illinois Jacquet, Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Russell Jacquet (trumpet); Matthew Gee (trombone); Milt Buckner (piano, organ); Wally Richardson (guitar); Al Lucas (bass); Al Foster (drums).
01 The Soul Explosion
02 After Hours
03 St. Louis Blues
04 I'm a Fool to Want You
05 The Eighteenth Hole
06 Still King - (previously unreleased)