Recorded on May 21, 1970, at Detroit's Club Mozambique, this was shelved and remained unreleased until it was retrieved for CD issue in 1995. It's odd that Blue Note decided to sit on it for so long, because it ranks as one of Lonnie's better sets. The band, featuring George Benson on guitar, is relaxed and funky without being in your face about it, and unlike much soul-jazz of the time, most of the material is original, Smith having penned six of the eight numbers. Although the riffs often owe a lot to James Brown, this is definitely at least as much jazz as soul, with Lonnie taking a rare vocal turn on "Peace of Mind."
Eddie Palmieri first hit in the '60s with his classic two-trombone sound. This is one of his finest albums; unassuming, joyous, punchy, and sharp, it has the outstanding Ismael Quintana on vocals and Manny Oquendo on timbales. All of the songs are great to listen to and very danceable. Another CLASSIC by the great EDDIE PALMIERI from the mid 1960's. I liked every track on the album, no need to skip to the next song, that is why I rate it a 5***** Classic. This is a great addition to anyone's Latin music collection especially if the like to listen to music while doing chores at home, this will get you dancing or in the mood to go out social dancing.